Extended deadlines be hanged, Energy Team has sniffed the dust and called off plans to build an AC72 for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.
To avoid biting the dust, they say.
Bruno and Loick Peyron, two great figures in the pantheon of French sailors, lead the charge at Energy Team. They will continue to play the game on the circuit of the America’s Cup World Series, but —having reportedly come up short by about a third of the amount needed for a competitive challenge—they will bide their time and aim for a shot a at the 35th America’s Cup, whenever and wherever that may be.
Today’s announcement leaves a Challenger’s field of Sweden, New Zealand, Italy and (maybe) Korea.
Team Korea has paid its $200,000 performance bond for the 2013 regatta, and at about that point, the coyote went over the cliff . . .
Wednesday, 1st August 2012