Desafio Espanol began training yesterday on board its TP 52, which will make its debut in the first Audi Med Cup event, which starts on 12 May in Alicante.

During the last week, the support team completed the task of assembling the new boat and Desafio will continue its training, in Valencia, until the next Friday. Then team then leaves for Alicante for the first regatta of the season, from 12-17 May.

Many of the team that will participate in the circuit of TP 52 were sailing with Desafio during the last America’s Cup. The skipper will be Paul Cayard supported by Laureano Wizner and Terry Hutchinson, former Team New Zealand tactician. The crew includes John Cutler, Bruno Zirilli, Pedro Mas, Miguel Jáuregui, Enrique Cameselle, Diego Guigou, Pablo Rosano, Nacho Braquehais, Marcos Iglesias, Gustavo Vilariño, Christian Scherrer, Carlo Castellano, Jorge Ondo and Agustín Zulueta. – Thursday, 01 May 2008