Stockholm, August 20, 2007 – John Kostecki, one of two skippers in the Ericsson Racing Team, has resigned and will leave his assignment with Ericsson, due to family reasons.
“I have decided to resign my position on Ericsson Racing Team. I realize what it takes to win the Volvo Ocean Race and feel that this is the best decision for the team, me and my family” says John Kostecki.
The process to appoint a new skipper is underway. The goal is to get a skipper on the same level as Kostecki – a skipper that can harness all the talent in the team to achieve Ericsson Racing Team’s goal to be a top contender in the next Volvo Ocean Race. And there is time to find a new skipper. It’s still more then a year until the start in Alicante, Spain in October 2008.
“I am proud to have been working with Ericsson and Ericsson Racing Team up until now, I will always stand behind the team and I will not get involved with any other team in the next Volvo Ocean Race,” continues Kostecki.
“I would like to thank John for what he has done for the team up until now and wish him all the best of luck as he turns his focus more on his family.” says Richard Brisius, managing director, Ericsson Racing Team.
The team is currently making preparations for starting activities at the training base in Lanzarote. The training boat (the old ABN Amro One) will be re-launched shortly after a refit, now bearing the Ericsson colors and new graphics.
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