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  Friday, 14 February, 2003, 21:28 GMT
Team New Zealand in action earlier this year Team New Zealand
The defenders hope their blend of veterans and talented youngsters have a tough challenge ahead.
Russell Coutts won the last America's Cup as Team NZ skipper Alinghi Swiss Challenge
With former Team NZ winning skipper Russell Coutts leading the way, the Alinghi Challenge will be strong contenders.
Oracle in action Oracle BMW Racing
California-based team Oracle have high ambitions for its first America's Cup campaign.
OneWorld
The Seattle-based outfit has had a rough ride in the build-up, but still boasts one of the most impressive squads ever assembled
Prada Challenge
The pressure is on the Italian team to earn revenge for the defeat to defenders New Zealand in 2000.
Team Dennis Conner
Almost an institution in the America's Cup, Dennis Conner hopes to end a barren spell and win for a fifth time.
Victory Challenge
Sweden prepares to honour the memory of deceased backer Jan Stenbeck with their first America's Cup bid since 1992.
GBR Challenge
Great Britain returns to sailing's premier event after a 15-year absence with a high-profile team and crew.
Le Defi Areva
There is no shortage of talent in the French entrant's sailing team to the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Mascalzone Latino
The 100% Italian team may have had too little time to prepare for this year's campaign.


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