Big moves announced by Team Germany (19/09/07)
(source : UITG)

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 Defenders Alinghi.

"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".

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