Victory Challenge announce Mani Frers as the designer for its participation in the 32nd America's Cup

Victory Challenge announce Mani Frers as the designer for its participation in the 32nd America’s Cup.

Mani was the designer behind the syndicate’s successful and highly acclaimed boats Örn (SWE 63) and Orm (SWE 73) for the last America’s Cup in Auckland.

Magnus Holmberg, sailing manager for Victory Challenge said: “We were extremely satisfied with Mani’s work last time, and are really happy that he is onboard again, he is one of a kind and one of the very best in this business, says.”

The signing was executed in a ceremony at Mani Frers naval architecture and engineering office in Milan, Italy, in the presence of among others, Magnus Holmberg, Hugo Stenbeck, the initiator behind the challenge for 2007, Christer Salén, the commodore of Gamla Stans Yacht Sällskap and Sam Murch, the shore manager for Victory Challenge.

Mani Frers is responsible for the design of the two race yachts for the 2007 America’s Cup as well for the re-design of Örn and Orm to make them eligible for the participation in this year’s pre regattas in Valencia, Spain, Malmö, Sweden and Trapani, Sicily.

Mani Frers commented: “Even if we didn’t sign until today, I have done my homework, so the re-building of the boats can start immediately. It was a pleasure working with Victory Challenge last time, and I’m happy there will be a second challenge. I look forward to it.”

Mani Frers was, prior to his involvement with Victory Challenge, which started five years ago, one of Prada’s head designers of the boat that took the Italian syndicate to final in the America’s Cup 2000.

The first time he was involved in the America’s Cup was in 1992 when he worked for his father German Frers Sr who designed the Il Moro di Venezia yacht which became Italy’s first America’s Cup finalist.

Mani Frers has also during the last ten years, actively participated in various races and championships on board his designs, including Roma x Due, 500 miles Two Handed Races (3 times First Place), current Mediterranean speed record holder ‘Stealth’, ‘Boomerang’ Maxi Championship 1996, 1997, 1998 and races onboard ‘Shinning’ Open 60.

Victory Challenge will start sailing in the acts in Valencia in June together with at least eight other challengers plus the Swiss defenders, Alinghi. The acts after that will be held in Malmö, Sweden, in August/September with the final acts of the year being held in Trapani, Sicily in September/October.

Victory Challenge has the support of, among others, two companies in the Stenbeck group from the previous challenge; the media company Modern Times Group and the Tele2 telecom group.

The intention is to build a syndicate sponsored by companies which see the possibilities offered by the world’s most prestigious sailing competition being held in Europe for the first time since 1851. They are invited to take part in a sponsorship extending over three years and can take advantage of the enormous media impact that will be guaranteed internationally and which will be amplified even further in the countries where the Stenbeck group is active.

Challengers accepted by the defender Alinghi

BMW Oracle Racing, USA

39 Challenge, Italy

Team Shosholoza, South Africa

Emirates Team New Zealand, New Zealand

Luna Rossa Challenge, Italy

K-Challenge, France

Victory Challenge, Sweden

Desafio Español, Spain

Team Capitalia, Italy