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Invitation: America's Cup / YANMAR Press Event at boot Düsseldorf

Invitation: America's Cup / YANMAR Press Event at boot Düsseldorf

Event date 19 January 2020 14:30 – 15:00

Location 36th America's Cup Stand, C-70 Hall 17, boot Düsseldorf 2020

In an exciting first, the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada together with their Official Marine Partner, YANMAR, will publicly exhibit the oldest trophy of international sport at boot Düsseldorf 2020. The event highlights a presentation about the X47 EXPRESS CRUISER produced by YANMAR, designed exclusively for the 36th America’s Cup for use as the Official America’s Cup VIP Cruiser. Martin Fischer, America’s Cup boat designer, will also join the event to speak about the 36th America’s Cup and the challenges of the boat design.

Date: Sunday 19th January, 2020

Time: 14:30-15:00

Venue: C-70 Hall 17, boot Düsseldorf 2020

Language: English


14:00: Registration

14:30: Opening

14:35: Presentations on the following topics:

1. Mirko Groeschner, Marketing and commercial director of Challenger of Record 36 to introduce YANMAR partnership and unveil the America’s Cup

2. Martin Fischer to share his thoughts on the current edition of the America’s Cup

3. YANMAR’s Yotaro Tsuchiya to present the X47 EXPRESS CRUISER, the America’s Cup official VIP Cruiser

15:00: Photo shoot and scheduled interviews or roundtable of speakers

Representatives from the America’s Cup and YANMAR will be available for scheduled interviews or one-on-one discussions after the presentation.

Please kindly confirm your attendance on your receipt of this invitation as well as requirements for scheduled interviews or participation in the roundtable of speakers.

(Note that participants may change subject to scheduling and availability)


Jules Riegal, Account Manager, Saltwater Stone

+44 (0)1202 669244


Yotaro Tsuchiya, Chief of YANMAR Co., Ltd's Design Strategy Office

A graduate with a Bachelor of Art in Product Design from Art Center College of Design. Tsuchiya-san is an experienced product designer and arts and design professional with a broad product design portfolio. Alumni of the world famous industrial design firm, Ken Okuyama Design, "Yo" is skilled in Product Design, Design Management, Concept Development, and Art Direction. A strong arts and design professional, he brings his design and management talents to bear in charge of YANMAR's Design Strategy Team managing design projects for multiple business units.

Mirko Groeschner, Marketing and commercial director of Challenger of Record 36

Over 20 years of business experience in international sports marketing (e.g. F1, America’s Cup, PGA Golf, European Basketball, Trail running). Involved in six America’s Cup since 2001. Mirko run the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco as Event Producer. During this 36th America’s Cup he heads the Marketing, Commercial and Event Team for the Challenger of Record to produce the AC World Series and the Prada Cup.

Martin Fischer, America's Cup boat designer

Born in Celle (Germany) in 1962, Martin studied physics and holds a PhD in geophysics. For 14 years he has been working on the design of hulls and appendages for numerous projects, including beach catamarans (F18, A-Cat, C-Cat), ocean racing multihulls (Groupama-2/3, Sodebo, Banque Populaire) and was also involved in a Volvo Ocean Race campaign (Groupama-4). This is his second America’s Cup with team Luna Rossa.

Charlie Webster, MC

Charlie Webster is an experienced broadcaster and journalist on TV and Radio. She has worked globally for major TV networks and in her career has covered international sporting events including the Olympics and Paralympics, World Cup's, Wimbledon, F1 and America's Cup to name but a few. She has done several world first's including becoming the first woman globally to host a live heavyweight world title fight


About America’s Cup 36

The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in sport and is recognised as the pinnacle of sailing. Leading up to the America's Cup Match, are the America's Cup World Series events in 2019-2020, the Christmas Race and the Challenger Selections Series - the Prada Cup in early 2021 to determine the team which will challenge the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup Match Presented by Prada in March 2021 in Auckland.


With beginnings in Osaka, Japan, in 1912, Yanmar was the first to succeed in making a compact diesel engine of a practical size in 1933. With industrial diesel engines as the cornerstone of its enterprise, Yanmar has continued to expand its product range, services, and expertise to deliver total solutions as an industrial equipment manufacturer. As a provider of small and large engines, agricultural machinery and facilities, construction equipment, energy systems, marine equipment, machine tools, and components, Yanmar's global business operations span seven domains. On land, at sea, and in the city, Yanmar's mission of "providing sustainable solutions focused on the challenges customers face, in food production and harnessing power, thereby enriching people's lives for all our tomorrows" is a testament to Yanmar’s determination to provide us with “A Sustainable Future”.


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