Spithill predicts more entries for the America's Cup

We heard a rumour of at least one more entry for the America's Cup during the Skipper's Conference in London earlier this month. Now Jimmy Spithill has confirmed the rumour in an interview with Jane Nixon of the NZ Herald:

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill says he expects more teams to challenge for the next America's Cup, despite the entry period closing last month.

“There's an allowance for late entries and I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple of other teams come in before the end of the year,” Spithill said. “I can't say who they are, but one of them will be pretty exciting for the whole event.”

There are six teams lined up to contend for the Auld Mug – Oracle, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge and Team France – but there is still no certainty around where and when it will be held.

Spithill denies the lengthy wait for a venue announcement has been a deterrent for potential contenders.

“Nah, not at all. It's either San Diego or Bermuda, and that's been known for a long time.”

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