Peter Harrison, Chairman of GBR Challenge, today announced that the Royal Ocean Racing Club is to submit the entry for the 31st America’s Cup, on behalf of his syndicate.

Based in St James Place, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, having been founded in 1925. The events sailed under its burgee include the Admirals Cup, the BT Global Challenge and the Volvo Ocean Race.

Harrison commented: ‘I’m pleased that RORC has come on board to lodge the America’s Cup entry on behalf of GBR Challenge. The agreement with RORC has enabled us to formally enter the competition for the 31st America’s Cup and I look forward to seeing GBR Challenge on the start line for the Louis Vuitton Cup.’

‘The Challenge company can only benefit from being linked with this prestigious club. I look forward to their help and support during what will be a demanding campaign over the next two years.’

The ‘notice of challenge for the match’, the necessary papers and a bankers draft for the $US 150,000 entry fee for the America’s Cup entry have been delivered to Peter Taylor, Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Peter Rutter, Commodore of RORC, commented: ‘We are delighted to be involved with the GBR Challenge, and are proud to be associated with Britain’s first challenge for the America’s Cup since 1987.’

The other Yacht Clubs officially entered, to date, into the 31st America’s Cup are:

Yacht Club Punta Ala – Prada Challenge (Challenger of Record) New York Yacht Club -Team Dennis Conner Societe Nautique de Geneve – Swiss Challenge Dusseldorf Yacht Club – Illbruck Challenge

For further information on GBR Challenge, please contact Mark Bullingham or Juliet Benjamin on:

Telephone: +44 1483 209818
Fax: +44 1483 203600

For further information on RORC, please contact David Minords on:

Telephone: +44 2074932248 Email: