The Competitors

ORACLE TEAM USA
DEFENDER
SKIPPER: JIMMY SPITHILL

ORACLE TEAM USA is the defending champion of the America’s Cup, after winning the last two editions in 2010 and 2013.

 

 

LAND ROVER BAR GREAT BRITAIN
CHALLENGER
SKIPPER: SIR BEN AINSLIE

Land Rover BAR is a new challenger for the America’s Cup, but that description belies the experience on tap. Team principal and skipper Sir Ben Ainslie is on his fourth America’s Cup campaign after helping ORACLE TEAM USA win the Cup in 2013.

 

EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND
CHALLENGER
SKIPPER: GLENN ASHBY

Emirates Team New Zealand came within one win of taking the America’s Cup home in 2013. After blasting their way through the Challengers’ elimination series, and a gutsy performance in the Match, the team finished on the wrong side of one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport.

 

 
SOFTBANK TEAM JAPAN
CHALLENGER
SKIPPER: DEAN BARKER

After leaving Team New Zealand, Dean Barker didn’t waste much time in finding a new position - settling in as skipper and CEO of the new Japanese team, SoftBank Team Japan.

 

 

ARTEMIS RACING (SWEDEN)
CHALLENGER
SKIPPER: NATHAN OUTTERIDGE

Artemis Racing is a team of Olympic champions, from Team Manager / Tactician Iain Percy (two gold medals - 2000, 2008) to helmsman Nathan Outteridge (gold - 2012).

 

 

GROUPAMA TEAM FRANCE
CHALLENGER
SKIPPER: FRANCK CAMMAS

Groupama Team France is the latest French challenger to the America’s Cup, but the first in the multihull era, a type of sailing that is popular in France and in which French sailors excel.