Monday, April 26, 2010

St. Moritz Match Race welcomes Volvo as co-sponsor

[Source: St Moritz Match Race] Volvo joins main partner AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel as co-sponsor. Volvo also becomes title partner of the Swiss qualifying regatta Volvo Match Race Zug.

Volvo cars Switzerland supports match racing in Switzerland, and becomes a co-sponsor of the prestigious St.Moritz Match Race. Volvo also becomes the title-partner of the Volvo Match Race Zoug, a qualifying regatta that will give the opportunity to a Swiss team to qualify directly for St.Moritz Match Race. The eighth edition of St Moritz match Race will take place on August 31 – September 5 and the Volvo Match Race Zug on May 28 - 30.

Volvo has been supporting the sport of sailing for over a decade. Its main involvement is with the Volvo Ocean Race, the race around the world for crews with stopovers.

Volvo Cars Switzerland now also supports match racing in Switzerland through St. Moritz Match Race and Volvo Match Race Zug. “We are pleased to support these events at the highest level”, commented Anouk Poelmann, the President of Volvo Cars Switzerland. “The possibility given to a Swiss team to qualify directly for St. Moritz Match Race gives us the opportunity to also support the sport on a national scale.”

Volvo Match Race Zug

St. Moritz Match Race’s qualifying regatta, Volvo Match Race Zug, will reassemble the who’s who of match racing in Switzerland. Team Monnin, who regularly competes in international events at the highest level will sail against some teams who have never raced abroad. Amongst the teams registered, Jerôme Clerc, from Société Nautique de Genève or Nathalie Brugger, who finished 6th in the last Olympic Games in Beijing and will try to show her qualities on another boat than her usual Laser.

“I am very pleased to see a car manufacturer involved in sailing at the highest level also supporting the sport in Switzerland”, comments Christian Scherrer, President of the Organising Committee. “The Volvo Match Race Zug gives us the opportunity to help promote new talented teams and to give them the chance to compete in an international regatta at the highest level.”

Provisional list of participants - Volvo Match Race Zug (28.-30.05.2010)
Eric Monnin, YCI, Swiss Match Race Team (3rd St. Moritz Match Race 2008)
Jerome Clerc, SNG
Roger Stocker, ZYC
Marcel Walser, ZYC
Lukas Erni, RCO
Nathalie Brugger, CVE (6th Olympic Games, Beijing)
Alexa Bezel, SVT
Nathalie Keller, TYC

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