Monday, August 06, 2007

United Internet Team Germany to challenge for the 33rd America's Cup

The German challenger for the 32nd America's Cup, United Internet Team Germany, will continue in the 33rd edition of the event, according to the team's website (unfortunately not republished in English).

The German team recently reinforced with the arrival of Polish helmsman Karol Jablonski who had achieved hugely successful results with Desafío Español, reaching the semifinals of the 32nd edition. Finally, the Germans are the only team to have publicly announced the construction of a new America's Cup yacht, GER-101. This yacht, of course, is being built under the rules of the 32nd America's Cup and not the proposed new design in the Protocol of the 33rd edition.

There are four challengers officially taking part in the 33rd America's Cup so far. They are Desafío Español (Challenger of Record), Shosholoza, Origin and Emirates Team New Zealand. After yesterday's announcement, United Internet Team Germany could very well be the fifth one to officially enter. Finally, AYRE, the project for a second Spanish team, could become the second challenger not to have participated in the previous edition in Valencia.

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