Team Korea celebrates entry into
Team Korea // July 6, 2011
The nation of Korea joined a select group of yachting nations today when it
became the 16th country in the nearly 160-year history of the event to enter the
America’s Cup competition.
Team Korea, the White Tiger Challenge, celebrated its entry into the
prestigious competition with a press briefing at the spectacular Seoul Marina on
the mighty Han River in Seoul.
Proud moment for Korea
Team Korea grew out of founder Kim
Dong-Young’s (top at podium) dreams after having watched the 2000 America’s Cup
in New Zealand, where he was studying English. Young has singlehandedly created
Korea’s interest in grand-prix yacht racing with the Korea Match Cup, and the
government is behind the challenge to support the maritime industry throughout
‘’I am very proud to have helped create a new chapter for the sport and in
the history of the America’s Cup by being involved with the first-ever Korean
challenge. It has been a dream of more than 10 years for me, ever since I first
saw the old America’s Cup yachts racing in New Zealand,” said Young.
Team Korea also presented its skipper:
33-year-old Chris Draper (above) of the U.K.
Draper, married with one child, won a bronze medal in the 49er at the 2004
Athens Olympic Regatta. He’s also a two-time 49er world champion, as well as
two-time European champion. Draper has raced multihulls in the Extreme 40 series
and in 2009 was crowned world champion with the Oman Sail Team.
Draper said: “I consider it an extremely proud honor to have been chosen by
Team Korea as their skipper. I am looking forward to the first America’s Cup
World Series regatta in Portugal next month, and an intense period of training
ahead of that with our new crew.”
Link to full article: Team
Korea celebrates entry into America’s Cup
to lead S. Korea America’s Cup bid
Photos: Jeong Sik
The Aleph cat is on its
America’s Cup website
ALEPH Equipe de France is scheduled to take delivery of its AC45 in the
coming days, when a shipment of containers arrives in Lisbon. Several of the
other challenger teams will also receive their boats at that time.
The ALEPH team will muster at the special dockside compound organized by ACEA
and, with the AC45 builders Core Builders, start the first part of the sports
project, assembling their AC45 from the components that arrive in the various
This step is expected to take the rest of the week such that a fully
assembled AC45 will be ready to have its colors applied July 18-19. ALEPH’s race
helmsman and multihull expert Alain Gautier is expected to arrive in Lisbon July
20, along with a pile of new headsails and spinnakers fresh from the North Sails
loft in Vannes, France. If all goes well the crew will take the boat for its
first sail sometime on July 21.
Skipper and sports director Bertrand Pacé is expected to arrive on July 25,
and that week the team hopes to train aboard the AC45 and begin developing the
techniques needed to trim the solid wingsail and maneuver the boat around the
Link to full article: The
Aleph cat is on its way
Related link: America’s
Cup teams page
Photo: Frenchman Bertrand Pacé is a
veteran of America’s Cup teams dating back to