Widely regarded as one of the best match race skippers of his generation, Jes Gram-Hansen is one of the newest members of the Sail Racing Test Team. After rising to the second position on the ISAF World Match Race Series ranking a decade ago, Jes is now the Co-Skipper Helmsman for the SAP Extreme Sailing Team. Jes Gram-Hansen is no stranger to success at the highest classes of racing. In 2005, following two successful years with the Russell Coutts Racing Team as tactician, Jes was named as the starting helmsman of the Italian Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team for the 32nd America’s Cup.
For this challenge, Jes Gram-Hansen was joined by Rasmus Køstner, who has also become a member of the Sail Racing Test Team. At the conclusion of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the pair was chosen the best starting team in voting conducted by a group of international sailing magazines. In 2011, with the shared desire to race high performance multihulls, Jes and Rasmus announced the ambitious goal of creating and co-skippering a professional Extreme Sailing Series team. The following year in Qingdao, China, the duo introduced SAP GmbH as their entry’s title sponsor. Soon after, Sail Racing became the crew’s official clothing sponsor. Today, with Jes at the helm, Rasmus as tactician, and Sail Racing on board, the SAP Team has it sights set on the podium when the series finishes in December 2013, in Rio de Janerio.
The evaluations Jes provides after using Sail Racing products in demanding situations on board the Extreme 40 boat are extremely valuable. His comments are then incorporated with our designers’ thoughts to develop new solutions, details and materials.