by Stephanie Nadin
All the ALL4ONE team members will gather tomorrow in Nice, to get ready for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. An exciting moment for this new French-German team which is looking forward to start racing in the famous “Baie des Anges” as the host team of the competition.
The team already got the chance to sail together in Valencia two weeks ago (October 14-18), and the results were really positive.
Jochen Schümann, ALL4ONE's Sports Director and Skipper, comes back on the first team's sea trials session in Valencia: “we had five good sailing days in very challenging conditions between 5 to 20 knots of breeze, with big waves and swell. The big swell has cost us a few spinnakers – but FRA93 proofed to be solid, and there were no further damages”.
FRA93 actually arrived safely in Nice last Tuesday, after having been towed from Valencia to Nice, together with TeamOrigin's GBR75.
Jochen adds about the crew: “The ALL4ONE team is growing together quickly, based on lots of America's Cup experience from different teams. We are really looking forward to the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Nice! But first we will do sea trials this week to equalize boats with TeamOrigin. We hope to have the good Nice November weather on our side to do so.”
Sebastien Col, ALL4ONE's Helmsman also comments: “the team we managed to gather looks really promising after this first session together in Valencia. Jochen is bringing a lot to the team with his charisma and management methods. We start to feel really confident, which is very good for a new team like us, and we look forward to racing against the other teams”.
Seven other teams will then join ALL4ONE from November 2nd for official practice races: Azzurra (ITA), BMW ORACLE Racing (USA), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Swedish Challenge Artemis (SWE), Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), TeamOrigin (GBR) and Team French Spirit (FRA).
The Louis Vuitton Trophy – Nice will take place from 7 to 22 November, and the public will be able to enjoy the races right in front of the famous “Promenade des Anglais”, making of Nice Côte D'Azur an unique venue for spectators coming to enjoy the show!
Louis Vuitton Trophy