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United Internet Team Germany refrains from participating in the 34th America´s Cup

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: United Internet Team Germany] Based on the new format for the 34th America´s Cup, which was recently announced by BMW Oracle, the United Internet Team Germany refrains from participating in the competition for the world’s oldest sports trophy. Since 2007, the German team has been waiting to sail for the America´s Cup again.

“With regards to the new rules that have been established by BMW Oracle, the United Internet Team Germany will not be able to register for the 34th America’s Cup” said head of syndicate of United Internet Team Germany, Michael Scheeren.

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United Internet Team Germany refrains from participating in the 34th America´s Cup

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: United Internet Team Germany] Based on the new format for the 34th America´s Cup, which was recently announced by BMW Oracle, the United Internet Team Germany refrains from participating in the competition for the world’s oldest sports trophy. Since 2007, the German team has been waiting to sail for the America´s Cup again.

“With regards to the new rules that have been established by BMW Oracle, the United Internet Team Germany will not be able to register for the 34th America’s Cup” said head of syndicate of United Internet Team Germany, Michael Scheeren.

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Auf wiedersehen Team Germany

Posted on 01 April 2008 by Valencia Sailing

It’s sad but it clearly reflects the difficult state in which the 33rd America’s Cup is finding itself. As of today (and this is no April’s fool joke), United Internet Team Germany ceases its activities and its base in Valencia has been shut down.

After an uninspiring performance in the 32nd America’s Cup, the German challenger decided to roll on immediately into the 33rd edition of the event, backed by large German corporate heavyweights such as Audi and Porsche. Given the initial optimism the legal problems would be settled promptly, the German team hired former Alinghi helsman Jochen Schuemann, bought SUI-91 and assembled a strong team of sailors and designers from various America’s Cup teams. Together with the now-invalidated Desafío Español, the Germans were the only team to train with the old ACC boats in Valencia during the fall of 2007.

The United Internet Team Germany base, closed as of today. Valencia, 1 April 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Nevertheless, the lingering legal fight and Justice Cahn’s firm rulings and decisions in favor of BMW Oracle made it all clear there was little, if any, role in the 33rd America’s Cup for any team other than Alinghi and the Americans. As a result, three weeks ago, the German Challenger took the decision to end the contracts of all team members by the 31st of March and close the base in Valencia. Still, the team isn’t abandoning altogether but plans “to continue its previous, trustful and successful work in the 34th America’s Cup on a basis of a new protocol / rule”, according to their statement.

The team’s management worked hard during winter trying to set up a “Grand Prix Circuit” with the participation of other America’s Cup challengers. The idea was to have the teams race their ACC yachts from the 32nd edition in a circuit of exhibition regattas in Malmö, Kiel, Portsmouth, Valencia and Naples. It was thought that the idea would have revived sponsor interest but unfortunately it failed to materialize.

The sailors of the team will not sit still but will actively participate in this summer’s Audi Medcup, the professional TP52 circuit. The German TP52 boat Platoon will be renamed “Platoon powered by Team Germany”, will be skippered by Schuemann and its crew will obviously consist of members of Team Germany.

Farewell Team Germany.

The United Internet Team Germany base, closed as of today. Valencia, 1 April 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Auf wiedersehen Team Germany

Posted on 01 April 2008 by Valencia Sailing

It’s sad but it clearly reflects the difficult state in which the 33rd America’s Cup is finding itself. As of today (and this is no April’s fool joke), United Internet Team Germany ceases its activities and its base in Valencia has been shut down.

After an uninspiring performance in the 32nd America’s Cup, the German challenger decided to roll on immediately into the 33rd edition of the event, backed by large German corporate heavyweights such as Audi and Porsche. Given the initial optimism the legal problems would be settled promptly, the German team hired former Alinghi helsman Jochen Schuemann, bought SUI-91 and assembled a strong team of sailors and designers from various America’s Cup teams. Together with the now-invalidated Desafío Español, the Germans were the only team to train with the old ACC boats in Valencia during the fall of 2007.

The United Internet Team Germany base, closed as of today. Valencia, 1 April 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Nevertheless, the lingering legal fight and Justice Cahn’s firm rulings and decisions in favor of BMW Oracle made it all clear there was little, if any, role in the 33rd America’s Cup for any team other than Alinghi and the Americans. As a result, three weeks ago, the German Challenger took the decision to end the contracts of all team members by the 31st of March and close the base in Valencia. Still, the team isn’t abandoning altogether but plans “to continue its previous, trustful and successful work in the 34th America’s Cup on a basis of a new protocol / rule”, according to their statement.

The team’s management worked hard during winter trying to set up a “Grand Prix Circuit” with the participation of other America’s Cup challengers. The idea was to have the teams race their ACC yachts from the 32nd edition in a circuit of exhibition regattas in Malmö, Kiel, Portsmouth, Valencia and Naples. It was thought that the idea would have revived sponsor interest but unfortunately it failed to materialize.

The sailors of the team will not sit still but will actively participate in this summer’s Audi Medcup, the professional TP52 circuit. The German TP52 boat Platoon will be renamed “Platoon powered by Team Germany”, will be skippered by Schuemann and its crew will obviously consist of members of Team Germany.

Farewell Team Germany.

The United Internet Team Germany base, closed as of today. Valencia, 1 April 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Breaking News: Challenger meeting in Valencia

Posted on 03 December 2007 by Valencia Sailing

We have just returned to our “world headquarters” after a short visit to Valencia’s Holiday Inn hotel, where we spotted some of the participants in the challenger meeting organized by BMW Oracle. The meeting started at around 7:15PM Valencia time and to our understanding it was bound to last for at least an hour or so.

The following were physically present at the meeting. There was also a number of participants through the teleconference system but we are not in a position to know who they were, although it is easy to guess that Grant Dalton, General Manager of Emirates Team NZ, was one of them:

- BMW Oracle: Russell Coutts (CEO) and Tom Ehman (Spokesperson)

- Team Origin: Mike Sanderson (General Manager)

- United Internet Team Germany: Jochen Schuemann (General Manager) and Mirko Groeschner (Marketing Manager)

- Victory Challenge: Johan Stenman (General Manager) and Magnus Holmberg (Skipper)

- AYRE: Augusto Sanguinetti (Member of the Technical Team) and Jose Luis Del Moral (Legal Counselor)

- Desafío Español: John Cutler

- Mascalzone Latino: Alessandra Pandarese (General Counselor)

- Luna Rossa: Luis Saenz (General Counselor)

- Shosholoza: We couldn’t recognize the person representing the South African team

Note: In order to avoid any misunderstanding, we would like to point out that we haven’t made any selection of the photos we publish. The rest of the participants had arrived before Valencia Sailing and were already in the meeting room. The doors being open, we could clearly see them but we were not allowed to take any pictures.

The meeting room was strictly off limits. BMW Oracle had already arranged for an official photographer to be inside and as a result we don’t have a “family photo”.

Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW Oracle Racing. Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

From left to right, Mike Sanderson (General Manager of Team Origin), Jochen Schuemann (General Manager of United Internet Team Germany) and Mirko Groeschner (Marketing Manager of United Internet Team Germany). Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alessandra Pandarese (General Counselor of Mascalzone Latino) and Tom Ehman (Spokesperson of BMW Oracle). Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Jose Luis Del Moral (left, Legal Counselor of AYRE) and Augusto Sanguinetti (right, Member of the Technical Team of AYRE). Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Luis Saenz (General Counselor of Luna Rossa). Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

General view of the Challenger meeting. Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Kai Försterling

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Breaking News: Challenger meeting in Valencia

Posted on 03 December 2007 by Valencia Sailing

We have just returned to our “world headquarters” after a short visit to Valencia’s Holiday Inn hotel, where we spotted some of the participants in the challenger meeting organized by BMW Oracle. The meeting started at around 7:15PM Valencia time and to our understanding it was bound to last for at least an hour or so.

The following were physically present at the meeting. There was also a number of participants through the teleconference system but we are not in a position to know who they were, although it is easy to guess that Grant Dalton, General Manager of Emirates Team NZ, was one of them:

- BMW Oracle: Russell Coutts (CEO) and Tom Ehman (Spokesperson)

- Team Origin: Mike Sanderson (General Manager)

- United Internet Team Germany: Jochen Schuemann (General Manager) and Mirko Groeschner (Marketing Manager)

- Victory Challenge: Johan Stenman (General Manager) and Magnus Holmberg (Skipper)

- AYRE: Augusto Sanguinetti (Member of the Technical Team) and Jose Luis Del Moral (Legal Counselor)

- Desafío Español: John Cutler

- Mascalzone Latino: Alessandra Pandarese (General Counselor)

- Luna Rossa: Luis Saenz (General Counselor)

- Shosholoza: We couldn’t recognize the person representing the South African team

Note: In order to avoid any misunderstanding, we would like to point out that we haven’t made any selection of the photos we publish. The rest of the participants had arrived before Valencia Sailing and were already in the meeting room. The doors being open, we could clearly see them but we were not allowed to take any pictures.

The meeting room was strictly off limits. BMW Oracle had already arranged for an official photographer to be inside and as a result we don’t have a “family photo”.

Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW Oracle Racing. Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

From left to right, Mike Sanderson (General Manager of Team Origin), Jochen Schuemann (General Manager of United Internet Team Germany) and Mirko Groeschner (Marketing Manager of United Internet Team Germany). Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alessandra Pandarese (General Counselor of Mascalzone Latino) and Tom Ehman (Spokesperson of BMW Oracle). Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Jose Luis Del Moral (left, Legal Counselor of AYRE) and Augusto Sanguinetti (right, Member of the Technical Team of AYRE). Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Luis Saenz (General Counselor of Luna Rossa). Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

General view of the Challenger meeting. Valencia, 03 December 2007. Photo copyright Kai Försterling

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Statement of United Internet Team Germany concerning the delay of the 33rd AC

Posted on 22 November 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: UITG] Jochen Schümann, Co-CEO and team leader of United Internet Team Germany considers the latest announcement of the America’s Cup Management (ACM) to postpone the 33rd America’s Cup as a severe backlash for the event and the future of the America’s Cup. ACM decided to adjourn the event indefinitely due to the uncertainty of the result of the law suit.

“We are extremely disappointed. During the recent weeks, we did our utmost by discussing with all parties to secure the holding of the 33rd America’s Cup in 2009. Unfortunately, we did not succeed. We will keep our Team in Valencia together, to review our strategy and to discuss the latest situation with our business partners.”

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Statement of United Internet Team Germany concerning the delay of the 33rd AC

Posted on 22 November 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: UITG] Jochen Schümann, Co-CEO and team leader of United Internet Team Germany considers the latest announcement of the America’s Cup Management (ACM) to postpone the 33rd America’s Cup as a severe backlash for the event and the future of the America’s Cup. ACM decided to adjourn the event indefinitely due to the uncertainty of the result of the law suit.

“We are extremely disappointed. During the recent weeks, we did our utmost by discussing with all parties to secure the holding of the 33rd America’s Cup in 2009. Unfortunately, we did not succeed. We will keep our Team in Valencia together, to review our strategy and to discuss the latest situation with our business partners.”

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