Second Italian syndicate announces intent to challenge Team NZ for America's Cup

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A second Italian boat could feature at the next America's Cup after another syndicate signalled their intention to challenge Team New Zealand for the Auld Mug.

The new AC75 yachts see a return to monohulls for the next cup defence.
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Sardinia-based Adelasia of Torres announced their hopes of competing in the 2021 regatta overnight.

The Italian syndicate is headed by freight company and super yacht service boss Renato Azara.

Azara is joined by Duccio Colombi, who in his career has won 11 Italian championships across different classes as well as two European championships and four world titles.

Azara confirmed the challenge but also admitted backers were still being sought for the campaign which would feature a boat built in Olbia made from carbon.

"The consortium is ready and we are already putting together the sponsors. This is an open consortium, because around the project of Adelasia we hope to bring the whole of Sardinia.

"The revolutionary scope of this project, in fact, lies in the fact that we do not want a shipyard that builds our boat, but that the shipyard becomes a partner of this challenge."

It is likely that Adelasia of Torres became interested in the America's Cup after the confirmation monohulls would be used for the event - an area the syndicate thrives in having performed well in a range of international monohull regattas around the Mediterranean.

It would add to an already impressive fleet confirmed for the the event, with Sicilian neighbours Luna Rossa already confirmed as the Challenger of Record.

Other challengers to announce their intent to compete include Ben Ainslie Racing and the revered New York Yacht Club - the latter having held the America's Cup for 132 years from 1851 to 1983.

There are also reports of an Australian challenge headed by former winner Tom Slingsby being in the works and Team France have also indicated they will again be involved.

Entries don't officially open until January 1.

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