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America's Cup Syndicates

There are eleven challengers that have arrived in Auckland to compete in the Louis Vuitton Cup to gain the right to take on Team New Zealand in the America's Cup. Team New Zealand are the sole defenders syndicate as it was decided New Zealand was to small to support more than one viable and competitive syndicate.

The Defender
Syndicate Name Country Yacht Club Team Head Skipper Designer(s) Boat Colour Budget ($NZ million)
Team New Zealand New Zealand Royal New Zealand yacht Squadron Peter Blake Russell Coutts Laurie Davidson, Clay Oliver Matt black 50+
The Challengers
Syndicate Name Country Yacht Club Team Head Skipper Designer(s) Boat Colour Budget ($NZ million)
AmericaOne USA St Francis Fritz Jewett Paul Cayard Bruce Nelson Grey with graphics 70
Abracadabra 2000 USA Waikiki Dr Jim Andrews John Kolius Andy Dovell, Ian Burns White with blue graphics 30-40
America True USA San Francisco Dawn Riley John Cutler Phil Kaiki Yellow with red and blue graphics 40
Desafio Espanol Spain Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona Pedro Campos Luis Doreste Rolf Vrolijk, Javier Panies, Manuel Ruiz White 40
Syndicate Name Country Yacht Club Team Head Skipper Designer(s) Boat Colour Budget ($NZ million)
Fast 2000 Switzerland Club Nautique de Morges Marc Pajot Jochen Schumann Philippe Briand, Peter van Ooddanen Yellow 24
Le Defi France Union Nationale pour la Course au Large Xavier Lesquen Bertrand Pace Led Defi Team Orange and Blue 20
Nippon Japan Nippon Tatsumitsu Yamasaki Peter Gilmour Hikeadi Miyata White 50
Prada Italy Punta Ala Patrizio Bertelli Francesco de Angelis Doug Paterson and German Frers Grey with red graphics 100
Syndicate Name Country Yacht Club Team Head Skipper Designer(s) Boat Colour Budget ($NZ million)
Stars and Stripes USA Cortez Racing (San Diego) Dennis Conner Ken Read John Reichel and Jim Pugh Blue 25
Young Australia Australia Crusing Yacht Club of Australia Syd Fischer James Spithill Fluid Thinking White 1
Young America USA New York Yacht Club John Marshall Ed Baird Bruce Farr Black with red graphics 80

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