Erfolgreicher Auftakt für Segellegende Jochen Schümann bei der 131. Auflage der Kieler Woche.
Kieler Woche: Erfolgreicher Start für Esimit Europa 2
Kiel, 24. Juni - Die Crew um den dreimaligen Olympiasieger und zweimaligen America's Cup Gewinner Jochen Schümann hat ihren ersten Auftritt außerhalb des Mittelmeeres erfolgreich gemeistert. Das ,Welcome Race' von Kiel nach Eckernförde absolvierte das Team in Bestzeit. Esimit Europa 2 darf sich mit 2:39,42 Stunden über die schnellste jemals von einem Einrümpfer auf dieser Strecke gesegelte Zeit freuen.
The Esimit Europa 2 – the largest yacht the Kieler Woche regatta has seen so far – is crewed by 18 pro-sailors from 10 European nations. Esimit Europa 2 is 30 metres long and 5.30 metres wide. Even Germany’s renowned Gorch Fock tall ship outclasses its 44-metre mast by only one metre. And with a top speed of 35 knots, Esimit Europa 2 is among the world’s fastest sailing yachts. “Our boat sure is a real beauty”, said skipper Jochen Schümann.
The week’s first regattas also meant full speed ahead for GAZPROM, Esimit Europa 2’s main sponsor, which attended the Kieler Woche regatta for the first time. “Sailing embodies team spirit, innovation, strategy, and competition – all attributes with which GAZPROM identifies. That makes us even happier to be partner to the Esimit Europa 2 and part of the world’s largest sailing event”, says Burkhard Woelki, Director of Corporate Communications at GAZPROM Germania GmbH.
Esimit Europa 2 sails under the flag of the European Union and the “All together – for Europe!” slogan. It stands for sailing values such as teamwork, solidarity, innovation, and cooperation. The international team has won all 21 races it has entered since its christening in 2010.
“The success at the Kieler Woche regatta is especially important to us. On one hand, we’ve proven that we prepared ourselves and our yacht well for the regatta. On the other hand, this motivates us to try our best to win the ÅF Offshore Race in Sweden in a few days”, says Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project.
Esimit Europa 2’s pro sailors also found support from former FC Schalke 04 captain Olaf Thon. “Whether at Schalke arena or off the coast of Kiel, us sportspeople are in the same boat when it comes to bringing people from different nations together. What makes Esimit Europa 2 special is its European vision. “All Europeans Together in the Same Boat” is more than just a slogan – because here, like at Schalke, there’s an international team fighting for the win. I wish Jochen and his team all the best for the regatta”, said Thon, a member of the winning German side in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
About Esimit Europa 2
The Esimit Europa project – which is represented by the Esimit Europa 2 sailing yacht and the Esimit sailing team – was established in 1995 by Igor Simčič.
Esimit Europa’s goal is to promote pan-European cooperation and a common European identity. This is reflected in the design of the Esimit Europa 2 sailing yacht, which shows two large yellow stars on either side of the hull and another at the top of the mainsail. With their light-blue styling, Esimit Europa 2’s design elements stand for the solidarity between its crewmembers and the cooperation with the Esimit Europa project’s partners.
Inspired by the message “All together – for Europe!”, the Esimit sailing team sails under the flag of the European Union. It competes for the Slovenian Sailing Federation and is a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco. Its main sponsor is global energy company GAZPROM, and BMW is official partner.
The project boasts the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and is also supported by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.
For more information, visit www.esimit.com.
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