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25 January 2005, 09:40 am
Jesper BANK to Skipper Fresh Seventeen
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America's Cup 2007

For the second time in history the world's most prestigious yacht race, the America's Cup, will include a Danish skipper. Two time Olympic gold medallist Jesper BANK has been appointed the key position of Sailing Director and Skipper for the German America's Cup syndicate FRESH SEVENTEEN.
The highly ambitious FRESH SEVENTEEN team is based on an 'Owners Club' and sponsors along with an agreement with the German media giants ARD & ZDF.

FRESH SEVENTEEN is based on the cream of German sailing talents who along with international top sailors form the foundation of a project, which has its sights set not only on a good placing in the 2007 America's Cup, but also on winning the cup in 2011.

Jesper BANK's commitment was secured by FRESH SEVENTEEN on account of the two tier position he was offered.

'To be in charge of an international, professional and visionary project like FRESH SEVENTEEN is the peak of my personal sports and management career. Being able to retain my partnership in the Danish consultancy company OlymPeak Coaching is also important. As Sailing Director I'll take great advantage of the tools developed by OlymPeak Coaching. I will be in charge of FRESH SEVENTEENs training and racing along with maintaining the team's physical and mental condition - and the very important issue of the team's mindset and spirit.'

This will be the second time Jesper BANK heads an America's Cup team. In the last AC campaign Jesper BANK was helmsman for the Swedish Victory Challenge syndicate, which finished in fifth place.

Jesper BANK, host of the 2004 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, is already recruiting professional sailors for FRESH SEVENTEEN and has commenced on issues relating to boat, base and all the logistics of establishing an America's Cup challenge.

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