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2 June 2005, 12:42 pm
Three Names Sign On For Victory Challenge
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America's Cup 2007
Malmö, Sweden

Another three big names in the Victory Challenge (SWE) crew were announced by sailing manager Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE), at AC Management's press conference in Malmö, Sweden today.
All three will join the afterguard of the boat. Current World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist in the Tornado, Santiago LANGE (ARG); Johan BARNE (SWE), navigator in the Swedish America's Cup syndicate last time round and; Stefan RAHM (SWE), now director and head of sports at the Swedish Sailing Association are the new members of the Victory Challenge team.

'These three names are a real boost in the afterguard, Santiago is one of the most experienced sailors in the world and belongs to the best, Johan was our navigator in every match in Auckland and with Stefan as strategist/tactician this summer, it'll be a good learning period for his brother Mattias', said HOLMBERG .

LANGE is currently number ten in the Tornado ISAF World Sailing Rankings and has represented Argentina four times in the Olympic Games, every time finishing in the top ten.

BARNE, has sailed in the Olympics three times for Sweden, returned to IT consultants Semcon after Auckland and has been working with the Ericsson boat ahead of the next Volvo Ocean Race. He also sailed for three months with another America's Cup syndicate last year; Louis Vuitton Cup finalists last time out, BMW Oracle Racing (USA).

RAHM was long considered as being lost for Victory Challenge after taking up his position at the Swedish Sailing Association. However now he has arranged with his employers - and HOLMBERG - to help the Swedish America's Cup venture in this summer's Acts. He will be switching between the positions of strategist and tactician in Valencia, spain and Malmö, Sweden with his brother Mattias RAHM.

These three additions make it 15 members of the crew to take part in this summer's Acts, starting in Valencia on 16 June, that have been announced.

'I have more big names to announce in the next few days', promised HOLMBERG.

Most of the 15 took part last time but there are four new faces in the America's Cup team. In addition to LANGE, there is also Mattias RAHM, tactician/strategist, Jens DOLMER (DEN), grinder and Anthony MERRINGTON (AUS), pitman.

The Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series and the 32nd America's Cup final are being held in Valencia, Spain in 2007.

However 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, The two Victory Challenge boats in Auckland:© Chris Lewis/Victory Challenge
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