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New America's Cup Effort Announced in Switzerland By Marc Pajot

MORGES, Switzerland (Oct. 29, 1996) — The America's Cup and the Olympic Games will undoubtedly be the key sporting events of the end of this century. Moreover, they will take place in the region which is undergoing the most spectacular economic development - the Pacific Rim.

A Swiss Challenge for the America's Cup in the year 2000 was announced today in Morges, Switzerland, by Marc Pajot.

The Club Nautique de Morges, on Lake Geneva, will be the Challenging Club, supporting a Swiss-based organisation created by world famous yachtsmen Marc Pajot (skipper) and Pierre Fehlmann (Commodore of the FAST 2000 Challenge).

The finest European talents:
"While the conquest of the world's oldest sporting trophy requires mastery of the technical and financial aspects, it also demands the people - highly qualified and motivated - to extract the maximum from the equipment put at their disposal" says Marc Pajot.

With this in mind, he decided to form a team using the finest European talents to mount a very competitive Challenge, but from a "neutral " base.

Incorporating the talents of triple Olympic gold medallist Jochen Schumann of Germany (helmsman), and Enrico Chieffi, Italian World Star Class Champion (tactician), the Challenge will carry a strong European message.

A technology reservoir to draw from:
Marc Pajot and Pierre Fehlmann have created the foundations of an innovative sporting organisation, based on their incomparable experience, and supported by mainly Swiss technology (with the active participation of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne).

"Swiss marine technology has always been state-of-the-art. The research institutes, major polytechnic colleges, ship yards, mast builders and sail makers are the equal of any in the world. Their achievements include the concept of the famous North Sails three dimensions (3 DL) sails, and the construction of various racing prototypes demonstrating mastery of the use of composite materials" Fehlmann said today.

The Swiss "arm of the sea":
The time has long gone when competitors were obliged to reach the course by sea and by their own means.

Says Jacques Faini, Chairman of the Club Nautique de Morges: "Although the Lake of Geneva, covering 225 sq. miles, offers every facility for organising yacht races at very high level, we are going to conform strictly with the Deed of Gift. The Club Nautique de Morges has chosen to associate itself, by contract, with a partner Yacht Club enjoying the benefits of an "ocean water course" on which we are holding an annual regatta and — hopefully — the possible return match".


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