Thursday, September 06, 2007

United Internet Team Germany officially accepted as challenger

[Source: America's Cup Management] The organisers of the 33rd America’s Cup are pleased to welcome United Internet Team Germany, who becomes the fifth official challenge to enter under the protocol for the 33rd America’s Cup.

On August 10th, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), Trustee of the America’s Cup and AC Management SA (ACM), organiser of the 33rd America’s Cup, received the Notice of Entry for United Internet Team Germany, representing the Deutscher Challenger Yacht Club. After conducting usual due diligence, ACM sent the letter of acceptance on August 30th, making the German team the fifth official challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup.

“We are proud and happy to see the German team return to the America’s Cup after their first experience in the 32nd edition,” said Michel Hodara on behalf of ACM. “We wish them all the best in the development of their campaign”.

Michael Scheeren, Managing Director of UITG, added: “Despite the uncertainties around the event, we strongly believe in the path developed by ACM and the Defender Alinghi. We intend to join the battle on the water, the only place the battle should be”.

Speaking on behalf of the Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup, Desafío Español General Manager Agustín Zulueta comments: “We are very pleased with the German team's decision to challenge for the 33rd America's Cup and we wish them many sporting successes. We believe that every new challenger that joins the competition helps to promote it and provides even greater scope as far as international interest.”

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