Five teams out to challenge the defending champion.

One team will remain: only the best challenger will go head to head with ORACLE TEAM USA in the America’s Cup Match in 2017. One thing is already certain, however: whoever comes through against such strong opposition will go on to give the defending champion a real fight.



Artemis Racing sails under the flag of the Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (Royal Swedish Yacht Club), the fifth-oldest yacht club in the world. This is the second America’s Cup campaign for Artemis. The sailing team is led by the experienced and successful team manager / technician Ian Percy and the extremely talented young skipper Nathan Outteridge.

Challenger of record AC35
Winner Louis Vuitton Cup 2013


New Zealand.

It is hard to imagine recent America’s Cup history without the New Zealand team, which has been behind many headlines: its record reads two Cup wins and a further three appearances in America’s Cup Matches. The Kiwis almost racked up win number three in 2013, but were not quite able to get over the finish line after leading 8:1.

Winner Louis Vuitton Cup 1995, 2007, 2013
Winner America’s Cup 1995, 2000



Groupama Team France is taking part in the America’s Cup for the first time, yet France enjoys a long tradition at the most prestigious regatta in the world and has only been missing once since the introduction of the Challenger Selection Series in 1970. The team is led by three of the biggest names on the French sailing scene: Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson.

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Ben Ainslie Racing.

Great Britain.

The hopes of an entire nation rest on the most successful Olympic yachtsman ever: Sir Ben Ainslie has won a medal at five Olympic Games in a row, including four golds. As team principal and skipper, he is now charged with winning the America’s Cup for Great Britain for the first time – something the Britons have been waiting for since 1851.

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The trump card for Soft Bank Team Japan is New Zealand’s Dean Barker. As CEO and skipper, Barker brings with him the immense wealth of experience gained in four America’s Cup Matches (one title win) with New Zealand. One of the top Japanese sailors, Kazuhiko Sofuku, has also experienced four America’s Cups and is the team’s General Manager and bowman.

First participation