by Stephanie Nadin
* "Audi A1 Team powered by ALL4ONE" is ready for season opener
* International team from seven countries on board
* Stéphane Kandler and Jochen Schümann head the crew
Ingolstadt, April 28, 2010 - Audi is giving its name to and acting as title sponsor of the world's most popular regatta series for as much as the third year and now a boat of its own sporting the colors of the brand with the Four Rings will compete in the series as well: the "Audi A1 Team powered by ALL4ONE" is making its debut at the MedCup season opener in Portugal from May 11 to 16.
Audi thus not only causes a sensation on the roads but also on water: the newcomer's logo shines together with the Four Rings on the more than 200-square-meter spinnaker sail. The boat of the TP52-class is almost 16 meters long and weighs merely 7,500 kilograms thanks to its lightweight design which gives it particularly dynamic sailing properties. The boat will not only contest the five regattas of the Audi MedCup between May and September but also the TP52 World Championships in Sicily in October.
"We've been partnering with the Audi MedCup for several years now and are equally thrilled with the top-caliber sporting competition and the possibilities for presentations on water and along the coast," says Lothar Korn, Head of Marketing Communications. "The additional support of the Franco-German boat now provides us with close links to the team and enables us to offer our guests and customers an unforgettable sporting experience."
The Franco-German "ALL4ONE" squad formed by Stéphane Kandler and Jochen Schümann in September of 2009 comprises a large number of international pros: in addition to seven members from France and Germany, there are sailors from Spain, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands and Switzerland on board. The composition of the crew reflects numerous participations in the Audi MedCup in recent years.
The boat represents the Kieler Yacht Club and the Cercle de la Voile de Paris and is currently located at its home yacht harbor in Valencia. From there, the yacht will be taken directly to the Audi MedCup season opener to be staged in Cascais (Portugal) from May 11 to 16. The opening event will be followed by regattas in Marseille (France, June 15 to 20), Barcelona (Spain, July 20 to 25), Cartagena (Spain, August 24 to 29) and Cagliari (Italy, September 20 to 25).