Team France sailed an AC45 for the first time on February 25, 2015. Formerly owned by Oracle Team USA, AC45 boat number 5 will be modified to the one design specification for racing in the 2015 America’s Cup World Series, which begins in June in Cagliari, Italy. Michel Desjoyeaux confirmed in an interview with French sailing magazine “Voiles et Voiliers” that the team has funding for the 2015 AC World Series, but has not yet found the sponsorship they will need to build an AC62 for the America’s Cup.
2015 – a Busy Year for Skipper Franck Cammas
Cammas will spend at least 320 days sailing in 2015 in four important campaigns. He already spent the entire month of January racing the Olympic class Nacra 17 mixed catamaran with his crew Sophie de Turckheim. The pair will sail seven more regattas this year, hoping to become the French representatives at the Rio Olympics in 2016. In addition, Cammas will try to defend his C Class title at the world championships on Lake Geneva, Switzerland in September. Finally, he has scheduled six regattas in the Diam 24 trimaran, including the Tour de France à la Voile in July, which conflicts with the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. We have to wonder where he will find the time to line up sponsors for Team France and the America’s Cup.