Thursday, 6 September 2007

United Internet Team Germany For 33rd America's Cup

Finally, weeks after the team announced it on their website, America's Cup Management have confirmed the successful challenge of United Internet Team Germany for the 33rd America's Cup. Updated

ACM's recent release, with a contribution from Desafio Espanol (which can be viewed Here):

United Internet Team Germany joins the 33rd America's Cup


The organisers of the 33rd America’s Cup are pleased to welcome United Internet Team Germany, who becomes the fifth official challenge to enter under the protocol for the 33rd America’s Cup.

On August 10th, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), Trustee of the America’s Cup and AC Management SA (ACM), organiser of the 33rd America’s Cup, received the Notice of Entry for United Internet Team Germany, representing the Deutscher Challenger Yacht Club. After conducting usual due diligence, ACM sent the letter of acceptance on August 30th, making the German team the fifth official challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup.

“We are proud and happy to see the German team return to the America’s Cup after their first experience in the 32nd edition,” said Michel Hodara on behalf of ACM. “We wish them all the best in the development of their campaign”.

Michael Scheeren, Managing Director of UITG, added: “Despite the uncertainties around the event, we strongly believe in the path developed by ACM and the Defender Alinghi. We intend to join the battle on the water, the only place the battle should be”.

Speaking on behalf of the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup, Desafío Español General Manager Agustín Zulueta comments: “We are very pleased with the German team's decision to challenge for the 33rd America's Cup and we wish them many sporting successes. We believe that every new challenger that joins the competition helps to promote it and provides even greater scope as far as international interest.”

The team itself had previously stated Here:

33nd America’s Cup: German campaign signs up

Valencia, 05.08.2007 14:09
Black-Red-Gold will again sail in the 33nd America’s Cup. Head of Syndicate Michael Scheeren has announced the a new participation of United Internet Team Germany in the battle for the world’s most wanted sports trophy. With this announcement the German National colours will be represented in the 156-years old history of the America’s Cup for the second time.

“This is great – great for Germany and great for the sailing sport”, Rolf Bähr, President of the German Sailing Association, displays his enthusiasm. “The sport has already made many new friends in the past America’s Cup”, says Bähr. This is also Michael Scheeren’s opinion: “With the first German campaign we have taken responsibilities for the German sailing sport. We want to fulfil these obligations also in the future.”

The United Internet Team Germany relies on their past experiences and on Karol Jablonski. With the already announced commitment of the new skipper of the United Internet Team Germany, new signs are set. The pole with the German passport has had unexpected success with the Spanish team Desafío Español which he led right into the semi final. 44-years old Jablonski is proud “to sail for the United Internet Team Germany – Germany is the country where I had most of my sailing successes”.

Nothing is left to chance in the next campaign. Due to the early entry there is now more time for preparing the big challenge professional. “We will seize the time to show up at the starting line with the best-possible team and an excellent boat”, Scheeren promises.


Inset image: Photo © Nico Krauss / United Internet Team Germany

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