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The excitement is mounting for America’s Cup enthusiasts as the races set to start the end of May, and a new class is to be introduced. Analysts like Jack Griffin are having their say about what they believe can be expected, and here are some of the highlights:
Land Rover BAR (GBR)
Despite good starts the Brits are still on a losing streak. As they are generally able to manoeuvre and their crew work is sharp, the problem appears to be straight-line speed.
Groupama Team France (FRA)
The French team not only has the smallest budget, they have also had less time than any of the other teams on the water. Practice makes perfect and in this case, lack of practice could have a serious impact on performance.
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
A lot has been said about the team’s ‘cyclor’ grinders and granted, they are probably really fast. But, they haven’t really been seen in action. It is safe to say that the NZL team is probably already ahead of the game when it comes to their British and French rivals, but whether they will prove to be even more remains to be seen.
Oracle Team USA (USA)
As proven in 2013, the Americans are able to perform under pressure. After having mixed results during practice racing, they may need to call on this ability during the official races.
Artemis Racing (SWE)
Despite a tragic performance in 2013 and inconsistent results, SWE is currently known as a strong contender.
SoftBank Team Japan (JPN)
A strong sailing team with some impressive wins during practice races, Japan is also a strong team. With a boat design from Oracle, they will definitely have fast foils.
What to Expect
To kick off the event all six contenders will compete in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in a double round robin race. Being the America’s Cup World Series winner, Land Rover GBR will start with a two point advantage. This could be crucial to the British team if they are battling against the French in the next round. From here on there will certainly be some surprises in store and as always in sailing, expect to be entertained.