July 7, 2013
Artemis Racing (Sweden), Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), and Luna Rossa (Italy) are competing for the Louis Vuitton Cup — the winner of which becomes the challenger that will compete against Oracle Team USA (US), the America’s Cup defender, beginning September 7th.
But, get this: Artemis Racing has zero Swedes on its team, but seven Kiwis and three Aussies. Emirates Team New Zealand has thirteen (bravo) Kiwis and two Aussies. Luna Rossa has only seven Italians, but six Brits. The defending champion — Oracle Team USA — has only two Americans on its 23 member sailing team! Noooo. Yes! Seven Kiwis and eight Aussies make up 2/3rds of its team. The skipper is an Aussie, and extremely talented.
By the numbers — of the 75 members on all four teams, 26 are Kiwis, 18 are Aussies, and 3 are Americans. Should the Cup be renamed the Kiwi-Downunder Cup?