Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama Team France, on their ambitions:
“Groupama Team France is now in full working order to attack the Cup and its competitors, who rank among the best in the world. What drives us is winning the toughest competition, going from one stage to the next and the striving for excellence. In sailing, the apex is the Cup.”
Yves Lagane, President of the Yacht Club de France, which is the registered club for Groupama Team France, talks about the latest edition of the America’s Cup"
“The new America’s Cup rules do not destroy the spirit of an event going back 164 years. This extraordinary technological revolution brought about by foiling boats is something that nobody saw coming... This new development will enable the action to be brought closer to the shore. All this is a real boon for the competition, which has always been at the very cutting edge of technology and is often the test bed for tomorrow’s practice.
Andy Rice, Boat International’s expert America’s Cup commentator, whilst rating all six teams ahead of the America's Cup World Series:
"It would be a surprise to see Groupama Team France finish better than last. Although Franck Cammas is one of the most celebrated sailors in France, the helmsman and his team are only scheduled to start sailing on the Solent on 20 July. They are going to be learning the ropes as they go, and are unlikely to be as smooth around the tight race track as their more practised rivals."
Click to read our assessment of the America's Cup teams.