America's Cup: Team Breakdown 

click to enlarge Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Oracle 
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  • Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Oracle 
Team USA Spithill.


Here is a breakdown of the teams competing in the America's Cup:

Racing White

  • Country: Sweden
  • Skipper: Terry Hutchinson
  • About Artemis White: The first team other than Emirates Team New Zealand or Oracle Team USA Spithill to win the match-racing stage of the previous ACWS, Artemis had to overcome a capsized boat and a damaged wing during a prior circuit in Italy.

Artemis Racing Red

  • Country: Sweden
  • Skipper: Santiago Lange
  • About Artemis Red: Lange brings two Olympic medals and decades of sailing experience to Artemis Racing. Lange captured bronze medals in the Tornado with Carlos Espinola in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008. He has also competed in two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Ben Ainslie Racing

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Skipper: Ben Ainslie
  • About BAR: Ainslie joins the America’s Cup competition after earning his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in London. Ainslie has said he is ready to move on from the Olympics and make his focus the America’s Cup series in the future.

China Team

  • Country: China
  • Skipper: Phil Robertson
  • About China Team: The youngest team on the circuit, with an average age of 25, China Team often started well during match-racing in Naples, but had trouble finishing strong and finished ninth in fleet and match racing. They rebounded in Venice, finishing fourth.


Emirates Team 
New Zealand

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Skipper: Dean Barker
  • About Emirates: Emirates has been a dominant force in the America’s Cup for 20 years, with Barker at the helm for more than a decade. The team scored back-to-back victories in 1995 and 2000.

Energy Team

  • Country: France
  • Skipper: Loïck Peyron
  • About Energy Team: A team on the rise, Energy Team has already begun looking ahead to the next competition rather than take unnecessary financial risks while making a push in San Francisco this summer. They plan on competing in the next installment of the America’s Cup.


Luna Rossa Piranha

  • Country: Italy
  • Skipper: Chris Draper
  • About Luna Rossa: Backed by Prada owner Patrizio Bertelli and the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, the Piranha team finished strong in its debut, finishing second in the match-racing championship in Naples, and followed that up with a win in the final event of the 2011-2012 America’s Cup World Series.


Luna Rossa Swordfish

  • Country: Italy
  • Skipper: Paul Campbell-James
  • About Luna Rossa Swordfish: The second half of the Luna Rossa team finished third in the final fleet race in their home country, just seven seconds behind second-place Oracle Coutts.


Team USA Spithill

  • Country: USA
  • Skipper: Jimmy Spithill
  • About Oracle Spithill: The defending champion is the reason the America’s Cup will be held on San Francisco Bay, near the team’s home at the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Spithill in 2010 became the youngest skipper ever to win the America’s Cup.


Team USA Bundock

  • Country: USA
  • Skipper: Darren Bundock
  • About Oracle Bundock: While Spithill’s team is the one to beat, Bundock is no slouch, boasting two Olympic medals and a world championship on his résumé. In Naples, he took third place in the match-racing portion of the event.


Team Korea

  • Country: South Korea
  • Skipper: Nathan Outteridge
  • About Team Korea: Widely considered to be the most talented skipper in the world, the 26-year-old Outteridge won the gold medal in the men’s 49er event in the London Olympics. The young star has already won three world championships.
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