COMPETING TEAMS

Six teams compete in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series. Read more about the defenders Oracle Team USA and the five challengers.

The six teams competing in Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series. After the openign event of the series, Land Rover BAR are on top of the scoreboard:

1. Land Rover BAR – 19p
2. Emirates Team New Zealand – 18p
3. ORACLE TEAM USA – 16p
4. Groupama Team France – 13p
5. Softbank Team Japan – 13p
6. Artemis Racing – 11p

Read more about the Defending America's Cup Champions Oracle Team USA and the five challengers.

THE DEFENDER

ORACLE TEAM USA - USA                

WINNER OF 34TH AMERICA’S CUP

JIMMY SPITHILL (AUS) - SKIPPER
TOM SLINGSBY (AUS) - TACTITIAN
KYLE LANGFORD (AUS) - TRIMMER
JOEY NEWTON  (AUS) - TRIMMER
LOUIS SINCLAIR (NZL) - BOWMAN

ORACLE TEAM USA was founded in 2000 by American businessman Larry Ellison to enter the 2003 America’s Cup. In 2007, as the Challenger of Record, the team reached the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals. Then the syndicate – led by the AC’s most successful sailor in history, Russell Coutts – succeeded in taking the 33rd AC in 2010, racing on a giant 90’ trimaran to beat the Swiss holder Alinghi in Valencia. Three years later, on their home waters of San Francisco, the Defenders fell behind 8-1 in the finals against Emirates Team New Zealand before staging a historic comeback to win 9-8. The team represents San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club.

THE FIVE CHALLENGERS

ARTEMIS RACING - SWEDEN

TEAM PRINCIPAL : TORBJÖRN TÖRNQVIST (SWE)
TEAM MANAGER : IAIN PERCY (GBR)

CREW:
NATHAN OUTTERIDGE (AUS) - HELMSMAN
KALLE TORLEN(SWE) - BOWMAN
IAIN PERCY (GBR) - TACTICIAN
IAIN JENSEN (AUS) - WING TRIMMER
CHRIS BRITTLE (GBR) - GRINDER

Artemis Racing’s trophy collection across all racing classes is second to none, with the sailors and designers having competed in 61 America’s Cups between them, including an incredible 14 AC victories. They also boast 21 Olympic campaigns, seven Olympic gold medals and 27 World Championship titles. The team’s principal, owner and founder is Swedish entrepreneur Torbjörn Törnqvist, a passionate sailor and successful businessman who began one-design racing in 2005, taking several wins in the TP52 and RC44 class. Törnqvist ‘s ambition is to win the America’s Cup and bring the oldest trophy in sport to Sweden for the first time. Artemis Racing represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), the fifth oldest yacht club in the world.

LAND ROVER BAR - GREAT BRITAIN

TEAM PRINCIPAL & SKIPPER : SIR BEN AINSLIE
HEAD OF COMMERCIAL : JO GRINDLEY
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR : ANDY CLAUGHTON
COO/CFO: ANDY HINDLEY

CREW: 
SIR BEN AINSLIE (GBR) - SKIPPER AND HELMSMAN
PAUL CAMBBELL-JAMES (GBR) - TACTITIAN
DAVID CARR (GBR) - BOWMAN
NICK HUTTON (GBR) - TRIMMER
GILES SCOTT(GBR) - GRINDER

To bring the America’s Cup back to the UK where it all began in 1851 and become the first British syndicate to win the world’s oldest trophy: that is the ambitious aim behind the creation of Land Rover BAR. Land Rover BAR is led by Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, who won the AC in 2013 as tactician on board Oracle Team USA. To achieve his aim, he has put together a group of very experienced and determined sailors as well as a high-profile design and management team, including former CEO at the McLaren Group, Martin Whitmarsh. The British challenge was launched in June 2014 in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

SOFTBANK TEAM JAPAN - JAPAN

TEAM CEO & SKIPPER: DEAN BARKER
TEAM GENERAL MANAGER: KAZUHIKO SOFUKU

CREW: 
DEAN BARKER (NZL) - SKIPPER
CHRIS DRAPER (NZL) - HELMSMAN
KAZUHIKO SOFUKU (JPN) - BOWMAN
JEREMY LOMAS (NZL) - BOWMAN 
DEREK SAWARD (NZL) - GRINDER/ BOW

SoftBank Team Japan is the latest challenger to the 35th America’s Cup, having officially announced its bid in May 2015. Founded from an idea by Japanese Kazuhiko Sofuku, who previously sailed with Nippon Challenge during the 1999/2000 Louis Vuitton Cup, the syndicate will be led by newly appointed CEO and skipper Dean Barker from New Zealand, who comes with more than 15 years’ experience having competed in four AC matches on board New Zealand’s ETNZ. The team’s main sponsor is SoftBank Corp and it will fly the colours of Kansai Yacht Club, one of the oldest and most active sailing clubs in the country.

GROUPAMA TEAM FRANCE - FRANCE

TEAM MANAGEMENT : FRANCK CAMMAS, MICHEL DESJOYEAUX & OLIVIER DE KERSAUSON

CREW: 
FRANCK CAMMAS (FRA) - SKIPPER AND HELMSMAN
ARNAUD PSAROFAGHIS (SWI) - TACTITIAN
THIERRY FOUCHIER (FRA) - WING TRIMMER
ARNAUD JARLEGAN (FRA) - HEADSAIL TRIMMER
DEVAN LE BIHAN (FRA) - BOWMAN

Team France’s Challenge to the 35th Cup was launched in late 2014 and is led by three of the most iconic and successful French sailors: Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson, who have an incredible track record in both inshore, offshore and monohull, multihull international races. Despite having contested several times in the world’s oldest sports trophy since the 70s, with teams managed by the famous inventor of the ballpoint Baron Marcel Bich, a French syndicate has never succeeded in taking it. Team France represents Paris based Yacht Club de France, founded in 1867, shortly after the 1st America’s Cup.

EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND - NEW ZEALAND

TEAM PRINCIPAL : GRANT DALTON
TEAM MANAGER : KEVIN SHOEBRIDGE

CREW:
GLENN ASHBY (AUS) - HELMSMAN
PETER BURLING (NZL) - HELMSMAN
RAY DAVIES (NZL) - TACTITIAN
BLAIR TUKE (NZL) - TRIMMER
GUY ENDEAN (NZL) - GRINDER

ETNZ originated from the New Zealand Challenge team, which contested the 1987 America’s Cup in Fremantle, Western Australia. It has participated in all but one America’s Cup since – the 2010 Deed of Gift Match between Alinghi and Oracle in Valencia – which makes it the longest standing team in recent America’s Cup history. Sponsored by the Dubai airline Emirates with a host of other commercial partners, the team has won the Cup twice: San Diego in 1995, beating Stars and Stripes 5-0, and Auckland in 2000, with victory over Luna Rossa 5-0. In the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco, ETNZ was beaten by Oracle Team USA 9-8 in one of the most amazing comebacks in sporting history.

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