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Le Défi Areva team

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France's skipper in 2000, Bertrand Pace, has defected to holders Team New Zealand for this America's Cup.

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Team header: Le Défi Areva

Sail numbers
FRA 69, FRA 79
Club
Union Nationale pour la Course au large, France
Skipper
Luc Pillot
Head
Pascal Herold, Luc Gelluseau, Pierre Mas
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 France Le Defi
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Hopes are high on board the French entrant to the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Having reached the semi-finals with limited means in 1999, Luc Gelluseau's design team has had more time and money in the run-up to this America’s Cup.

And the sailing squad should have benefited from a new base in Lorient, which is said to have the same conditions as those expected in the Hauraki Gulf.


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