Yacht Club : Cercle de la Voile de ParisSail Nos : FRA 57, FRA 60Syndicate: K-Challenge Areva Challenge Syndicate Head: Stephane KandlerTeam Leader:Dawn RileyHelmsman:Thierry Peponnet, Sebastian Col,
K-Challenge:see also Areva Challenge. The founder and CEO Stephane Kandler managed the leasing of the AC 2000 winner NZL-60 and its sister NZL-57 as training boats.Besides Dan Riley the challenger yet won the top sailor Thierry Peponnet and the designers D. Nicolopoulos and B.Nivet.Kandler founded together with the German sailing ace Jochen Schuemann the ALL4ONE Challenge and acquired FRA-93.
FRA-57, FRA-60 K-Challenge / Areva Challenge
Yacht / Country: Le Defi / FranceSailnumber: FRA-93Syndicate/Team: AREVA Challenge CEO: Stephane KandlerYacht Club: Union Nationale pour la Course au LargeDesign: Boat Builder: Skipper:
Areva Challenge (formerly K-Challenge)has a confusing history. Founded as K-Challenge, it switched with the sponsor in Areva Challenge, and has been renamed after the end of the LVC 2007 as a Franco-German cooperation in ALL4ONE Challenge As K-Challenge they sailed in the Louis Vuitton Acts 1-3, as Areva Challenge in the LVC and as ALL4ONE Challenge in the LV-Pacific Series, the LV-Trophy and other races. Technical Director of the team became the American sailing icon Mrs. Dawn Riley (AC 95, 2000, etc).With FRA-93 the team sailed on the 6th Place of the LVC 2007.
FRA-93 Areva Challenge Challenger for the LVC 2007
has a confusing history. Founded as K-Challenge, it switched with the sponsor to AREVA Challenge
Yacht Club: Circolo Vela Gargnano Country: Italy (ITA) Syndicate: +39 Challenge Sail Number: ITA 85Syndicate Head: Lorenzo RizzardiTeam Leader: Luca DevotiDesigner: Giovanni CiccarelliiHelmsman: Iain Percy
+39 (Piu Trentanove)Why the team chose the telephone country code for Italy as name is not clear. One explanation could be that they wanted to get the telephone company Telecom Italia (TIM) as a sponsor on board. This sponsor changed however from Mascalzone Latino to Luna Rossa Challenge. The original plan was that the team trains with 2 newly acquired boats on the Lake Garda But they switched to Valencia and bought from Alinghi SUI-59 (the former be Happy/ FAST 2000)With the new Version5 yacht ITA-85, the team reached the 9th place of 11 with 5 wins and 15 losses.
But they switched to Valencia and bought from Alinghi SUI-59 (the former be Happy/ FAST 2000)
ITA 85, ITA 59 +39 Challenge challenger of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2007
Sail Nos : GER 72, GER 89Syndicate: United Internet Team GermanyCEO : Uwe SasseYacht Club : Deutscher Challenger Yacht ClubDesigners : Boat Builder : Knieriem Jachtbau, Kiel Skipper : Jesper Bank
UIT GermanyIn recent decades there have been a handful of projects on a German participation in the AC.Most advanced was the challenge of Michael Illbruck with the registration of GER-68 in 2003. This yacht was drawn by the designer Michel Richardson (2007 now at Alinghi). After the premature cancellation of the challenge the unfinished yacht was sold in 2007 to the Team New Zealand. As training boats UIT acquired from the Tourist charter company Sunsail the earlier ITA-72 (Mascal. Lat.) operating at that time on the Lake Constance. As second training boat they acquired Alinghi's SUI-91.The management was severely divided which reflected down to the team. The V5 yacht GER-89 reached the 9th and second last place of the LVC 2007.
GER 89, GER 72 United Internet Team Germany challengerfor the Louis Vuitton Cup 2007
The V5 yacht GER-89 reached the 9th and second last place of the LVC 2007.
Yacht / Country: China Team / ChinaSailnumber: CHN-95Syndicate/Team: China TeamCEO: Chaoyong WANGCo-investor and Project Advisor Mdm. Yifei LICo-Executive Director: Xavier de LESQUENCo- director – Sailor: Pierre MASGeneral Coordinator: Luc GELLUSSEAUProject advisor: Nicolas AJACQUES
In addition to K-Challenge Le Defi was the 2nd French team on a long search for sponsors. After Le Defi had lost the sponsor of 2003, Areva, it merged with the new challenger China Team. (The first challenge of China in an AC) Chaoyong WANG is the chairman of China Equity Investment Group, one of the leading Chinese venture capital firm. Former he was head of Morgan Stanley, Beijing.Yifei Li was a martial art champion, Now she is the managing director of MTV China and one of Fortune's 25 global rising female business stars FRA-69 and FRA-79 have been transferred to the new team. The first one was dismantled and a part of the hardware was used for CHN-95.The hull of CHN-95 has been painted from bow to stern totally yellow. The dragon changed to red from its nose to the tail tip.The mainsail head was cut horizontally, like all the competitors mainsails.The team reached with CHN-95 the 11th and last place of the LVC 2007.
CHN-95 China team reached the 11th and last ranking in the LVC 2007
After Le Defi had lost the sponsor of 2003, Areva, it merged with the new challenger China Team.
Picture shows the first painting of Le Defi’s FRA-69after the merger with China Team.
CHN-69 the former FRA-69
The founder and CEO Stephane Kandler managed the lease of the AC 2000 winner NZL-60