New Zealand sailor Adam Minoprio joins Team France for America’s Cup challenge

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 25:  Groupama Team France in action during Day Three of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World ...
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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Groupama Team France in action during Day Three of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series on July 25, 2015 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

New Zealand sailor Adam Minoprio has joined France's America's Cup challenge.

Team France confirmed the 29-year-old Aucklander will helm their second boat as testing continues in the leadup to Bermuda 2017 where the French return to yachting's most famous event.

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New Zealand sailor Adam Minoprio adds his experience to France's America's Cup challenge.
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New Zealand sailor Adam Minoprio adds his experience to France's America's Cup challenge.

In 2009 Minoprio became the youngest skipper to win the world match racing title at the age of 24.

He was signed by Italian syndicate Luna Rossa last year but when they pulled out of the cup in protest over rule changes, Minoprio suddenly became available.

Team France have picked him up for the current cycle.

He has vast experience, covering round the buoys and blue water racing.

He was a helmsman and trimmer on Team new Zealand's Camper that finished second in the 2011-12 round the world race and was a replacement for Team Brunel in the last three legs of this year's edition.

Team France, under skipper Franck Cammas, start a new training block next week in Quiberon, racing two 32-foot foiling catamarans.

The syndicate announced on Thursday they are hopeful of hosting an America's Cup world series regatta next September.

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