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19 September 2007, 03:37 pm
SCHUEMANN Leads German Challenge For 33rd Cup
Image of Michael SCHEEREN and Karol JABLONSKI
Syndicate Head Michael SCHEEREN (l) welcomes Karol JABLONSKI as the new skipper

The second participation of a German yacht in the America's Cup will be led by multi Olympic medallist and double America's Cup winner Jochen SCHUEMANN.
Jochen SCHUEMANN (GER) will head up the German team and join recently appointed skipper Karol JABLONSKI (POL).

With this announcement Head of Syndicate of the German Challenge have managed an impressive sporting coup.

"We have been doing our homework in the past few weeks and months and dealt with all necessary changes and duties. After committing Karol JABLONSKI as our skipper we are now able to welcome Jochen SCHUEMANN as the new Head of Team," Michael SCHEEREN, Syndicate Head, announced.

One of the main goals of all participants has now been achieved. The experience and know-how of SCHUEMANN, especially 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. This is a comeback with an excellent starting position for the German Challenge," said SCHUEMANN, looking 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," says SCHUEMANN.

Recently 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 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," JABLONSKI added.
Kai Meesters (As Amended By ISAF)
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