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Ah, those Frenchies. Ils n'abandonnent jamais.

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          "A team would need between NZ$145m–217m to be in the hunt to claim the Auld Mug."  —Dennis Conner

"As much as Team France would like to contest the next America's Cup, without a war chest to play with, it's unlikely they will be able to mount a challenge.

The French outfit lost its naming rights sponsor Groupama earlier this year and have been unable to find a replacement ahead of the December 31 deadline of late entries for the 2021 regatta in Auckland.

Skipper Franck Cammas told the Herald his team want to be competitive, and will give themselves until the beginning of December to work out if they will be able to do that or not.

'We are still in contact with prospects so we will communicate that, but for now we are not going on but we have one month to go or not to go and we want to work until the end of November for that....

'For now I don't know at all [to be a possible team member of another Italian syndicate entering the 36th AC or not] because I'm now focused on Team France and I never try to open the door to go with another team.

'For now the problem is if we have money to go; how can we do our best with the lack of time? We have now compared with the other teams, and I think the first goal is to link with a big team to try to be on time for the first race.

'This is more my concern now, then we will see what happens next year.'  —Franck Cammas, DongFeng team member, and winner of this year's Volvo Ocean Race

Source: Christopher Reive, "America's Cup: Team France put timeline on possible challenge for 2021 America's Cup," New Zealand Herald, October 12, 2018, https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article[dot]cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12141311 accessed October 21, 2018

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