Valencia's Cup : Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE on the start line

Monday, 17 September 2012

Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE takes part to the Valencia Cup from September 18-22 to conclude a successful season

The team will be sailing against its usual competitors from the 52 Super Series after having won the Copa del Rey

Kazuhiko Sofuku will be joining Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE as Bowman

After a nice victory in the famous Copa del Rey, right after a podium place on the Royal Cup, (the two events that took place in Palma de Mallorca last July), and a great event at Kiel Week in June, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE is back to racing on the 52 Super Series circuit, with its ultimate event that will conclude the 2012 season this week in Valencia, Spain.

This week will also be highlighted by the presence of Kazuhiko Sofuku as bowman on board. This very talented Japanese sailor, who is known as "Fuku", has taken part to no less than 4 America's Cup (2 campaigns for the "Nippon Challenge", before joining two American teams: One World and BMW Oracle Racing). He has also been World Match Race Champion two times.

Kazuhiko Sofuku, Bowman, comments: "It is an honour for me to sail with this team. I'm very much looking forward to starting the competition." 

Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE is now ready to take the start of the Valencia Cup, where the Franco-German team will fight again its usual competitors from the 52 Super Series for the last time this season.

Stephane Kandler, ALL4ONE's CEO, declares: "After very successful races in July (victory in the Copa del Rey and podium in the Palma 52 Super Series) we are glad to be back on the water. The team has sailed on different platforms during the summer and we hope to be as competitive as we were in July when our boat sailed in its new configuration. We will welcome a great new team member as bowman: Kazuhiko Sofuku alias "Fuku" from Japan. He has immense talent and experience and it fits well with our open philosophy for team members. We are looking forward to sail against the top teams of the series and prepare the next season which is planed to start in the USA at Key West in January."

Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE will start the regatta with the official training race on Tuesday, which will be followed on Wednesday by the first races of the competition that will take place until Saturday included.

Crew list for the Valencia Cup:

Boris Herrmann - Navigator (GER) (German champion 505 class, 2008 Artemis Transat-2nd in Class40 (single-handed), 2009 Winner of the Global Ocean Race (double-handed around the world), Barcelona World Race)

Kazuhiko Sofuku - Bow (JPN) (4 America's Cup campaigns, MedCup Circuit, Wolrd Match Race Champion)

Paolo Bassani - Mid-Bow/Floater (ITA) (3 America's Cup, Whitbread, MedCup Circuit)

Albert Jacobsoone - Pit (FRA) (7 America's Cup campaigns, MedCup Circuit)

Pascal Rambeau - Strategist (FRA) (Olympic Medallist, Star World Champion, French Match Racing Team)

Juan Meseguer - Jib Trim (ESP) (2 America's Cup, 1 win, Volvo Ocean Race, MedCup Circuit, Match Racing)

Gilles Favennec - Grinder(FRA) (2 America's Cup campaigns, French Match Racing Team, MedCup Circuit)

Ignacio Braquehais - Main Trim (ESP) (4 America's Cup, MedCup Circuit)

Pietro Mantovani - Mid-Bow - Grinder (ITA) (2 America's Cup, winner Audi MedCup 2010 in GP42 series)

Jochen Schümann - Skipper/Helmsman (GER) (3 America's Cup campaigns-2 wins, 3 times Olympic Gold medallist and 1 silver medal)

Jorge Ondo - Grinder (ESP) (1 America's Cup, Circuit MedCup)

Jordi Calafat - Tactician (ESP) (1 America's Cup campaign, 1 win, Volvo Ocean Race, Olympic Medallist (Gold & Bronze))

Diego Torrado - Floater (ESP) - (IMS, GP42 and TP52 Circuits since 2006)

Stephane Kandler - Floater (FRA) (One Ton Cup, IMS 50)

Shore Team: 

Paolo Bassani (ITA) - Boat Captain

Stefano Riva (ITA) - Technical crew (2 America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Trophy, TP52)

Diego Torrado (ESP) - Technical crew and sailor (IMS, GP42 and TP52 Circuits since 2006)

Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE's 2012 European Tour:

>Trofeo Conde de Godo, Barcelona, May 23-27

>Kieler Woche, Kiel, June 16-24

>Royal Cup, Palma, July 10-14

>Copa del Rey, Palma, July 16-21

>Valencia Cup, September 18-22

Stéphanie Nadin

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Last Updated ( Monday, 17 September 2012 )