First backer for Energy Team

As the crew is announced for the Peyron brothers' AC45 for Cascais

Wednesday July 20th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Swiss watch brand Corum has been announced as the first official partner of the Peyron brothers' America's Cup challenger, Energy Team, fronted by the Yacht Club de France.

The involvement of Corum with Energy Team capitalises on Corum's legacy within the world of sailing as Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum explains: "... This project is a continuation of the strategy I launched and started several years ago now. To participate in the America's Cup is the dream of every sailor and de facto that of a brand like Corum, which since 1960 is a key player in this field. The trust and complicity that exists between Corum and Peyron brothers helped make this dream come true. "

Bruno Peyron commented:  “It is with immense pleasure that our team welcomes Corum on board as the official partner of Energy Team. It takes courage to be the first, as there are on the one hand doubters and then on the other those, who are determined to make their own destiny. Antonio Calce is one of the latter and the atmosphere of mutual trust that we are building together is probably down to what we already have in common: a great desire to see things through. The support of Corum is vital and this commitment will act as a catalyst to attract other major partners and allow us to get going in building our first AC 72.”

Energy Team's AC45 has been delivered to Lisbon and has been launched today. Loïck Peyron, skipper-coach, has today announced the official crew list for the America's Cup World Series event in Cascais. This will consist of nine crew, including four stand-ins. All were recruited due to their multihull experience, physical condition, weight and experience of match racing. Loick Peyron comments: "Our crew is chosen, the main objective will be to discover this new medium and learn all the subtleties of the AC45, and by not taking any unnecessary risks, even though our performance may suffer. We will face the big teams who've already had much training time before this first World Series, with impatience and great humility. The results in this first test will not be a major goal for us..."

Energy Team AC45 crew:

- Loïck Peyron (skipper-helmsman)
- Peter Greenhalgh (wing adjustment)
- Nicolas Texier (trimmer)
- Arnaud Jarlégan (setting headsail)
- Christophe André (No. 1)
- Devan Le Bihan (No. 1)
- Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant (setting headsail)
- Jean Sébastien Ponce (trimmer)
- Yann Guichard (replacement for skipper-helm Cascais)

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