New Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE TP52
The German-French sailing team ALL4ONE, led by Jochen Schümann, will start this sailing season once again under the name 'Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE' in the Audi MedCup. This follows a new three-year agreement reached with title partner Audi.
After a year of learning on a chartered yacht, which ended with two second places at the Audi MedCup regattas in Cascais, Portugal and Cagliari, Sardinia and a third place in Marseille, the team, with the support of their sponsor Audi, will take on the 2011 season with a brand new boat. The hull of a new TP52 is being manufactured in Sydney at McConaghy to a design by Judel/Vrolijk.
With components being manufactured in Australia, Italy, New Zealand and the USA, the new yacht is due for competition at the end of March in Europe. First sea trains will be held in early May in Valencia prior to the start of the Audi Med Cup in mid-May.
Expectations are high for the coming season. Three-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time America's Cup winner Jochen Schümann commented: "First of all, we are glad that, thanks to our new contract with Audi, we can start next season in the Audi MedCup. With our new TP52, we want to attack again and our objective is to get both in the top 3 in the overall standings and at least to win one of the five MedCup events!"
A further highlight of the racing calendar for the Audi Sailing Team will be participation in the TP52 World Championship where in 2010 the Franco-German team finished third.
The team composition is already decided. On this topic Stephan Kandler, CEO of ALL4ONE commented: "From a purely personnel point of view, we won't change too much next season: Jochen Schümann is our helmsman, and Sebastien Col will be our tactician. There are no reasons to make big changes. The 3-year partnership with Audi and their trust in our capabilities are great news for ALL4ONE, which will now be able to work in the best conditions: continuity, permanent base in Valencia, a media partnership and a new competitive boat. It is a great recognition for our team and the huge amount of work from all of our team after a great first season in 2010 on the Audi MedCup and the Louis Vuitton Trophy. It is a major step in our goal to become one of the leading sailing teams and to win the most demanding challenges".
Regarding the integration of young talent, the team breaking new ground in the TP52 class. Schümann describes their strategy: "With our 'A Dream Comes True' initiative, we want to allow the German sailing youth to enter big-boat sailing, that means we will give young talents from the Audi Sailing Team Germany, the German national sailing team, the opportunity to train with us and partake at boat deliveries. It would be great if, via this talent scouting exercise during the years, we could find u30 or even u25 sailors for the TP, and maybe even a helmsman who could become my successor."
Besides the partnership with title sponsor Audi, the Audi Sailing Team also concluded a cooperation with the Kiel Week. In order to further increase the awareness of Kiel Week as one of the largest racing events in the world, also in the Mediterranean world, the team will start at the regatta's of the Audi MedCup with a spinnaker emblazoned with the Kiel Week logo.
Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE will also be supported by the Canal+ Group, which is renewing its media partnership with ALL4ONE. Daily news and programmes dedicated to Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE, as well as a final magazine, will be broadcasted for each of the Audi MedCup events, as well as the TP52 World Championship on the Canal+ Group TV channels and their web site. Canal+ Group and ALL4ONE are partners since 2004.