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14 December 2005, 11:32 am
New Home Opens For Desafío Español
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America's Cup 2007

The Spanish team Desafío Español 2007 celebrated its official base opening in the Port America's Cup on Monday evening with a gala event. The distinctive bright green base was lit up and glowing in a spectacular fashion and the VIP crowd made it a special night in Valencia, Spain.

'We are very proud of the work we have done this year,' said Augustin ZULUETA, the head of the syndicate. 'This is our home, and it has taken a lot of effort from the whole team to complete this project at the same time as we were racing in the Louis Vuitton Acts.'

The Spanish team was the first to operate from its base area in the Port America's Cup, moving in at the beginning of May this year. 14 Valencian companies and high-tech suppliers were involved in the base construction project.

The base, designed by architects Axel KLEIN and Pedro PALMERO, is among the bigger ones in the Port America's Cup, at 4,200 square metres, and is unique in having two buildings, one containing the boatshed, gym, offices and a public multimedia zone, and the other containing a merchandise shop, offices and VIP and hospitality areas.

New Boat As Well

The team also confirmed that it had been assigned the sail number ESP 88 for its new boat. Currently under construction in Alginet, about 30 km south of Valencia, the boat is due to be finished in April, after some 25,000 man hours of work.

The sailing team concluded its training programme at the end of November, and will resume work on the water in February.

For a complete list of all the news about the America's Cup 2007 CLICK HERE.
ACM 2005. Image, Desafío Español's new base is opened:© Nico Martinez/Desafío Español 2007
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