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Energy Team still looking for money

One month to go until 34th America's Cup deadline

Wednesday June 20th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Will France be represented in the next America’s Cup in July 2013 in San Francisco?

There are just 30 days left before the final decision must be taken. As for the potential Challenger, Energy Team, set up by Loïck and Bruno Peyron, is ready and over the past year has raised itself to the highest standard, with a magnificent victory at the America's Cup World Series event in Venice last month. But at present the French team still lack the required backing, the support of one or more companries that are bold enough to join the team in the world’s most prestigious sailing competition.

Next week, Loïck Peyron and his crew will be attempting to reaffirm their success in Newport, R! duringthe final event of the 2011-2012 America’s Cup World Series.

Bruno Peyron comments: “A year ago, we set up the Energy Team challenge with the aim of bringing everything together to win the America’s Cup. Racing for the first time on a multihull, France is well placed to take up this incredible challenge, thanks to its technological expertise and wide knowledge of this type of boat.

"After a year of intense work, training and racing at the highest standard, Energy Team has achieved everything it set out to do and our win in Venice puts us right up there with the top teams. Representing the Yacht Club de France, we have become increasingly confident that our team is capable of reaching the highest level and our agreement with the Defender, Oracle Team USA, means we will have at our disposal one of the best multihulls for the challenger selection series.

"But we have 30 days left, before knowing whether we will be taking part or not. This will be the moment of truth for us, as to be there in San Francisco in July 2013, Energy Team needs to complete its budget to start work in September on the construction of its maxi-multihull.

"Having achieved such a high level of performance in terms of racing, technology and marketing, we know that our project represents an unprecedented opportunity for a group or a business willing to join us and take advantage of all the coverage around the world that will result from France competing in the 34th America’s Cup.”

Meanwhile younger brother Loick, is preparing the sailing team to compete in Newport next week: “We’re currently in third place in the fleet racing championship and fourth overall. So, we’ll be trying to stay up there on the fleet racing podium. But looking beyond the simple result, the aim is to continue to make progress once again, as we prepare for next season.

"Next week in Newport, Yann Guichard will be working as our coach and I’ll be at the helm. We’ll be back with the same crew that did so remarkably well in Venice: Arnaud Psarofaghis as wing trimmer, Devan Le Bihan on the foredeck, Arnaud Jarlegan headsail trimmer and Christophe André as bowman. They have been sailing well since our win in Venice: our little Swiss friend (Psarofaghis) has just won the Bol d'Or Mirabaud on a D35 and the rest of the crew has been training with Yann... As we get ready to do battle in this event, let’s not forget that just one year ago, we knew nothing of the boat or the event… and that after five legs, we can clearly see that our hard work has paid off, particularly in terms of how well the crew works together, which is of course, a vital factor in this type of racing. I would say more than ever that we are ready!”

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