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Alinghi, Oracle to race in New Zealand

Nov. 06, 2008, 4:17 a.m. (ET)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand(AP) Alinghi and Oracle, whose legal standoff has delayed the next edition of sailing's America's Cup, will clash on the water in February after agreeing to compete in a regatta hosted by former Cup-holder Team New Zealand.

Swiss syndicate Alinghi, who wrested the Cup from New Zealand in 2003, and San Francisco-based Oracle confirmed their entries Thursday for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, a 12-team match-racing regatta to be held off Auckland from Jan. 30 to Feb. 14.

The syndicates remain locked in a legal battle over the form and conduct of the next America's Cup, which was due to be held off Valencia, Spain in 2009 but has been indefinitely postponed.

Alinghi confirmed its entry for the Pacific series when Team New Zealand dropped its own legal action against the Swiss syndicate, seeking to recover costs incurred because of the Cup delay.

A total of 23 teams expressed interest in competing in the Pacific series, which will be raced in America's Cup-class yachts provided by Oracle and Team New Zealand. The 12 competing teams were named in Paris on Thursday.

Teams in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series (in entry order): Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa (Italy), Oracle (United States), K-Challenge (France), Mascalzone Latino (Italy), Team Origin (Britain), China Team, Team Shosholoza (South Africa), Italia, Team Germany, Greek Challenge, Alinghi. Waiting list: Italia, Team French Spirit.