Only 4 challengers for 34th America’s Cup




SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Only four foreign challengers met the deadline to enter the Louis Vuitton Cup next summer to determine the opponent for Oracle Racing in the 34th America’s Cup.

They are Sweden’s Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge and Team Korea.

The Louis Vuitton Cup will run from July 4 through Sept. 1, 2013, on San Francisco Bay, followed by the America’s Cup match from Sept. 7-22.

Oracle Racing says it will hold defender trials to strengthen its bid to defend the Cup. Jimmy Spithill, who skippered the team to victory in the 33rd America’s Cup, will helm one of the boats, while Ben Ainslie, the British star who’s currently trying to win his fourth straight Olympic gold medal, will helm the other. They will go head to head on the same racetrack and on the same days as the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers.