Eighteen challengers representing 10 countries have applied to compete in the 1991 America's Cup, to be held in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego, it was announced in San Diego Sunday.
Entry forms were received by the Saturday deadline from five Australian yacht clubs, three Japanese clubs, three from France and one each from England, West Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Canada and Spain.
A $25,000 application fee accompanied each form.
But Sail America, the syndicate managing the America's Cup, acknowledged that the race's fate remains uncertain because of a pending court challenge by a New Zealand millionaire, Michael Fay.
Fay wants to force the San Diego Yacht Club, the current Cup holder, to face just one competitor, the Mercury Bay Boating Club of Auckland, New Zealand, rather than have trial heats open to all nations.