America's Cup: Second Italian syndicate set to compete for Auld Mug

  • 07/12/2017
Team New Zealand currently hold the Auld Mug.
Team New Zealand currently hold the Auld Mug. Photo credit: Photosport

A second Italian syndicate has indicated its desire to challenge for the America's Cup.

Adelasia of Torres, based in Sardinia, will join fellow Italian syndicate Luna Rossa in competition for the Auld Mug.

The syndicate is headed by freight company and superyacht service boss Renato Azara.

Azara will be partnered with Duccio Colombi - who has won 11 Italian championships in different sailing classes, two European championships and four world championships.

"We will participate in the America's Cup and the boat, all in carbon, will be built in Olbia," revealed Azara.

"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 we do not want a shipyard that builds our boat, but that the shipyard becomes a partner of this challenge."

Along with the two Italian syndicates, the New York Yacht Club and Britain's Ben Ainslie Racing have also expressed interest in competing, while Australian Tom Slingsby is reportedly trying to put together a team.

Entries don't officially open until January 1.