The United Internet Team Germany has had a week that was accompanied by unfortunate events. After two wins, including one without a fight against Team Shosholoza, the first German America’s Cup Challenge is in eighth place at the end of Act 6 in Malmö.
"It wasn't a wasted week," said skipper Jesper Bank, "but definitely not a week that I wished for." For the first time, the bank also commented on the separation from sports director Andreas John, who was on leave on Sunday with immediate effect. "You can think about what you want. You can't change it." There were clear differences between John and team boss Uwe Sasse. "It was clear that one of them had to go. I wish they could have settled that. It wasn't my story to decide which of the two had to go."
Filling the role of John will be very difficult. "He was not only the sporting director, he was also a team manager and he always looked after the boys. It's sad. We will miss him." John leave a "vacuum that we need to fill now. But I don't know when." John's work will now be distributed across all shoulders. "We're just finding out that Andreas was a very hard worker."
Act 6 had started well for Team Germany from a sporting point of view. "When we won against Chinbei 27 knots of wind and a young, inexperienced crew, I thought: That's how it has to be," said Bank. "And then came the knockout blow. Two people knocked out of the spinnaker tree, Christian Buck's accident in the mast, stories about bills that weren't paid, Andreas John's leave of absence."
For the fleet races that begin on Friday, Bank expects an increase in performance. The replacement part for the new mast had not yet arrived, so they were in the process of producing it themselves. "When we have the new rig back, we can sail like in Valencis", believes Bank. He's not only hopeful about the material. "The team came out of this crisis again." As a goal, Bank sets the ninth place after the Fleetraces. "We'd like to achieve that. If we're only eleventh or twelfth, I have to explain why."
Alinghi was the only team to remain unbeaten among the top teams. After the Swiss won Act 6 on Monday, they also won the top duel against Team New Zealand. The crew around helmsman Jochen Schümann, who will be replaced by Ed Baird at the next act in Trapani / Sicily, has not suffered a defeat in the entire season. Team owner Ernesto Bertarelli was accordingly tidy on Tuesday afternoon: "I'm very happy, because the boys never gave up. We had great wind, great weather, you couldn't have asked for better conditions."
Mascalzone Latino-CapitaliTeam (IT77) beats Victory Challenge (SWE 73) 1:01 BMW Oracle Racing (US76) beats LunRossChallenge (IT74) 1:11Alinghi (SUI 75) beats Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 82) 2:03Team Shosholoz (RS83) beats ChinTeam (CHN 69) 0:43+39 Challenge (IT59) beats United Internet Team Germany (GER 72) 0:51Desafio Espanol (ESP 67) beats K-Challenge (FR60) 0:2
Final score Act 6
Alinghi 11 BMW Oracle Racing 10Emirates Team New Zealand 8LunRossChallenge 8+39 Challenge 6Desafio Espanol 6Mascalzone Latino-CapitaliTeam 5Victory Challenge 4K-Challenge 3United Internet Team Germany 2Team Shosholoz2ChinTeam 1