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10 June 2005, 04:14 pm
Victory Challenge Crew Named
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America's Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

The remaining top names in the Victory Challenge (SWE) crew were announced by sailing manager Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE) today in Valencia, Spain, where the team is based. Four of the five new names have America 's Cup experience, whilst the fifth possesses a wide international sailing experience.
The five new team members are:

Richard SYDENHAM (GBR), 29, trimmer with GBR Challenge in last America's Cup.

Jaan NEERGAARD (DEN), 42, mainsail grinder, sailed with America's Cup winners Alinghi (SUI) in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kasper VANG (DEN), 31, runner grind with Victory Challenge in Auckland.

Anders DAHLSJÖ (SWE), 32, mastman with Victory Challenge in Auckland.

Mikael LUNDH (SWE), 32, sailed both Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race.

'It feels like a very strong team with lots of AC experience. 13 of them were with Victory Challenge last time round, while Richard and Jann sailed with GBR Challenge and Alinghi. The others also have an enormous international experience,' said HOLMBERG.

'We've utilized the maximum time possible on the water since Örn was launched last weekend,' he continued. 'We've also been able to test the boat against one of the Italian teams. The crew that was with us last time has quickly got back into the run of things. And the others had the routine to quickly become part of the team. It feels good, despite the extremely short time we've had to prepare.'

The 20 sailors, 17 are needed on the boat, are in place ahead of the first of this summer's Louis Vuitton Acts, starting in Valencia next Thursday 16 June.

Crew members that are new in Victory Challenge are, in addition to SYDENHAM, NEERGAARD and LUNDH, also 2004 Tornado World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist, Santiago LANGE (ARG), traveller/strategist, Mattias RAHM (SWE), tactician/strategist, Jens DOLMER (DEN), grinder, and Anthony MERRINGTON (AUS), pitman.

Crew members that sailed with Victory Challenge last time are, besides HOLMBERG, VANG and DAHLSJÖ, are navigator Johan BARNE, Stefan RAHM (SWE), strategist/tactician, Oscar ANGERVALL (SWE), traveller, Martin KRITE (SWE), midbow, Lars LINGER (SWE), genoa trimmer, Oskar LJUNG (SWE), spinnaker trimmer, Henrik NORBERG (SWE), grinder, Sebastian TENGHAGE (SWE), grinder, Jonas WACKENHUTH (SWE), bow and Henrik WALDERYD (SWE), mainsail trimmer.

Everyone who was with Victory Challenge last time has been sailing actively since Auckland, many on the international match racing circuit, but several have also been completing their education that was interrupted for the America's Cup in Auckland; ANGERVALL is a qualified engineer and LJUNG, TENGHAGE and WALDERYD are both qualified civil engineers.

The Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series and the 32nd America's Cup final are being held in Valencia 2007, but all the challengers must take part in the initial Acts, starting on 16 June this year, also in Valencia . The next will start on 25 August and run until 4 September in Malmö, Sweden. The third for the year will take place in Trapani on Sicily, Italy from 29 September.

Bert Willborg (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Victory Challenge's Orm and Örn in Hauraki Gulf, Auckland:© Chris Lewis/Victory Challenge
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