The Offshore Team Germany invites to the official campaign kick-off and baptizes its Imoca Open 60 for the Kiel Regatta.
On June 21, Offshore Team Germany (OTG) officially launches its Imoca Open 60 campaign. At the beginning of the Kiel Regatta the white offshore racer will be baptized publicly at the keel line in front of the camp 24/7 at 15.00.
Two years ago, the team Offshore Team Germany Jens Kuphal, co-founder Michael End and team captain Robert Stanjek created the basis for a German high-sea sailing racing team. With the purchase of the ex “Acciona” an Imoca Open 60, in the spring of 2017; it was possible to get a foot in the door of the international offshore sailing scene. With the decision of the management of the world race “The Ocean Race” (formerly Volvo Ocean Race) to use the Imoca class in addition to the previous Volvo 65 racers, the OTG opened up the opportunity to participate in this legendary race.
The ex-“Acciona” was built in 2011 in New Zealand, 2012/13 she sailed under the Spanish flag. At Trimarine in Portugal, the hull has been completely overhauled in recent months; and the yacht is currently being fitted out in Endeavor Kay, southern England. Already at the end of May, the Imoca will go into the water and then after first tests sail first to Germany.
With the official campaign kick-off and the christening in Kiel as well as the participation in the Welcome Race of the Kiel Regatta on 22 June; Robert Stanjek starts his ocean race adventure with a crew of international sailors and German offshore youngsters.