The German America's Cup team
have announced some significant moves with their
beefed up challenge.
Jochen Schümann has left Alinghi and will lead the
German Challenge. Existing naming sponsor United
Internet AG is joined by Audi AG as main sponsors
of the Challenge. Porsche Consulting becomes technology
partner, The German team have acquired SUI-91 from
"It is an important day in the German sailing
sport and a new start for the America's Cup project,"
said the official announcement. "The second
participation of a German yacht in the legendary
battle for the oldest sports trophy in the world
will be led by the multi Olympic medallist and double
America's Cup winner Jochen Schümann".
"We have been doing our homework in the past
few weeks and months and dealt with all necessary
changes and duties", said Michael Scheeren, Head
of Syndicate of the German Challenge. "After committing
Karol Jablonski as our skipper we are now able to
welcome Jochen Schümann as the new Head of Team"
One of the main goals of all participants has now
been achieved. The experience and know-how of Jochen
Schümann, especially made in the past America's
Cups, will be invaluable for the German team.
"For me it is like a dream come true to be able
to participate in the America's Cup for Germany",
said Jochen Schümann. "This is a comeback with an
excellent starting position for the German Challenge".
Jochen Schümann looks forward to his new assignment
as a Head of Team. In the next couple of weeks he
will be selecting the crew for the next two years.
"We have been talking with high class sailors
and this makes me feel very positive", he said.
"From a sports perspective we are well-positioned
in such an early stage of the game', Head of Syndicate
Scheeren continues saying".
With the United Internet AG continuing its commitment
in sport sponsoring and the gain of new partners
like Audi AG and Porsche Consulting, the whole concept
of the campaign is now resting on many pillars.
"I am happy to announce that the United Internet
AG with its core brands 1&1, GMX and Web.de will
again be at the starting line for the second German
campaign in the America's Cup', said Ralph Dommermuth,
Head of the United Internet AG. "The first campaign
has been a great success for the internet company
in terms of media recognition."
The decisive factors for the United Internet AG
to continue their engagement have been the announcement
of Valencia once again being the venue and the sportive
repositioning of the team.
"In the past few weeks and months and in many
one-on-one talks Michael Scheeren has not only developed
but also realised a stable concept", ,said Dommermuth.
"With Jochen Schümann and Karol Jablonski the Head
of Syndicate managed to fix two high-class celebrities
for the sportive key positions in the team".
Audi AG is also supporting the rearranged United
Internet Team Germany campaign and is therefore
enlarging its sportive engagement in the sailing
sport. The participation of the premium manufacturer
can be noticed at first sight because of the four
rings, which will be exclusively printed on the
spinnaker and, together with the brand name 1&1,
on the main sail.
"The America's Cup is the most renowned and
traditional sailing regatta in the world. To meet
this great and fascinating challenge you need to
have courage, a strong team and perfect technique.
We are proud to be on board of the German team",
Rupert Stadler, member of the board of Audi AG explained.
The Porsche Consulting GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Porsche AG, will be responsible for the concentration
of all technological competence.
While in the first campaign Michael Scheeren sometimes
had to struggle with the task management, Porsche
Consulting is now handed over all responsibilities
for the developing process of the boat and the coordination
of all involved companies.
In the next weeks a team with a responsible coordinator
of Technique will be positioned on the German Base
in Valencia. In the past weeks, the German team
was able to purchase SUI 91, one of the most recent
yachts of Cup winner Alinghi.
''We now possess a very fast boat right from the
beginning'', said skipper Karol Jablonski. ''In
the next weeks SUI 91 will change sites from the
Swiss to the German base in Valencia. The German
team is one of the first challengers to start training
for the 33. America's Cup. Time is crucial in the
America's Cup. And it's in our favour''
The Deutsche Challenger Yacht Club (DCYC) has officially
announced its second participation in the America's
Cup on the 5th of August 2007 and laid the foundation
for a successful continuation in the 33. America's
Cup in Valencia.
''Today a dream comes true for the German sailing
sport.", said Willy Kuhweide, commodore of the DCYC.
"Not only will the campaign be continued, but Jochen
Schümann and Karol Jablonski were introduced to
the team, and the great commitment of United Internet
AG, Audi AG and Porsche Consulting are giving many
reasons to look forward to the 33. America's Cup".