Who will take on the U.S. team in 2017? – Who will taste victory at the America's Cup in 2017? On Thursday, we came closer to knowing who might challenge the last year's winners, Oracle Team USA
Who will take on the U.S. team in 2017? – Oracle, skippered by James Spithill, produced one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in sport last September when they beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 to successfully defend the America's Cup. At one stage the U.S. team trailed 1-8.
Who will take on the U.S. team in 2017? – Emirates Team New Zealand will be looking for revenge in 2017 but will have to earn the right to race the U.S. boat again in a series of races against four other crews from Britain, France, Sweden and Italy. The challengers will race each other during 2015 and 2016. The Kiwi boat's skipper Dean Barker said in a statement: "We have been working quietly behind the scenes towards this day almost since the last day of the 34th America's Cup. Now the real work begins."
Who will take on the U.S. team in 2017? – Britain's Ben Ainslie played a pivotal role in Oracle's success last year but will skipper his own boat for the 35th America's Cup. The four-time Olympic champion said in a statement: "We are delighted that Royal Yacht Squadron Racing's challenge for the 35th America's Cup has been officially accepted."
Who will take on the U.S. team in 2017? – Britain's Iain Percy (left) and Andrew Simpson on the podium at the 2012 London Olympics. Percy is team director of Sweden's entry Artemis Racing. Simpson, his great friend and sailing partner, was tragically killed during training for last year's event.