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High-caliber entrants, close-up sailing experiences, live coverage on the internet, even more action on land and on water: for the season opener, the Audi MedCup presents itself with a fresh breeze. Part of the action this season: a boat sporting the Four Rings.
“Audi A1 Team powered by ALL4ONE” is the name of the crew that tackles the competition in the “premier league” of sailing: a length of almost 16 meters, a weight of just 7,500 kilograms thanks to a sophisticated carbon construction and enormous agility and dynamics despite the size – these are the hallmarks of the Transpac 52 class, in short TP52. The team headed by the Franco-German duo Jochen Schümann and Stéphane Kandler will be in for a fierce competition: eleven boats from ten nations have been entered in the TP52 class.
While the Audi MedCup, whose title sponsor and premium partner AUDI AG is now for as much as the third time, already caused a sensation in the past season, the organizers have added numerous new features to top the event yet again in 2010. There's a unique opportunity starting in 2010: during the races, each crew takes a guest on board. While the participants in this “Crew Member 13” campaign are prohibited from actively taking part in the sailing activities by the regulations, they will definitely enjoy a close-up experience of the fascinating action on water.
Audi shapes the visual presentation of the series, provides hospitality services and equips the complete shuttle fleet with current models at each event. By supporting a boat of its own, the brand has raised its sailing commitment to a new level in 2010.
Right in time for the season opener at Cascais, Audi MedCup TV goes on the air with four hours of live daily broadcasts of the sailing action on the internet (www.medcup.org) and a large screen in the Audi MedCup Village on the waterfront.
After the season opener in Portugal, which ends with the finish on May 16, the entrants of the world's most popular regatta series will meet at four other venues: Marseille (France, June 15 to 20), Barcelona (Spain, July 20 to 25), Cartagena (Spain, August 24 to 29) and for the finale at Cagliari (Italy, September 20 to 25).