The Groupama Team France was the first team to exit from the 35th edition of America’s Cup competition. It was a sad moment for everyone involved with the team. But, the major sponsor of the Groupama Team France, Norauto, has announced in a media conference that it will be supporting the team in the 36th edition of the America’s Cup provided there is no change in the AC50 boat.
The major sponsor of the French team said that they were pleased and proud to sponsor the team of Franck Cammas. The team had a very good showing in the America’s Cup in Bermuda. They had won two races in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. But, they were not able to get into the semi-finals. Norauto was proud of the efforts put in by Cammas and his team. They felt that the team did exceptionally well at the event.
The Groupama Team France is one among the five who have signed for the secret ‘Framework’ agreement that that locks in the AC50 for two America’s Cups. Norauto looks committed for two more editions and hence they are having a long-term vision. They took the final media conference to announce to the world that they are assuring their support of Team France for the 36th America’s Cup.
The Team France is a very close knit team and is working on a small budget. The Norauto team believes that the Groupama Team France has the potential to upset the applecart of big teams like the English or the Swedes. The future of the French team is very bright.
Norauto partnered with Franck Cammas and his team fifteen months ago and it has been a very fruitful partnership so far. They joined Team France as the main partner knowing very well about the demands and the struggles that the team has to undergo in the crewed sailing competition.