- 22 September 1965
Hooked on sailing from a very young age, Ernesto Bertarelli moved to multihulls when he acquired his first Formule 40, Poseidon. In 1994 he commissioned the trimaran on board which he would go on to win the 1997 Bol d’Or, a race that he and Alinghi would win a further five times. Indeed, such was their dominance on the catamaran Alinghi 41 (Le Black) – the team won the race from 2000 to 2003 – that Ernesto withdrew the boat in order to ensure truly competitive lake racing. He subsequently led the process to create the new one-design class, the D35, which has ensured a level playing field. In 2000, he created Alinghi as a syndicate and team to achieve his dream of bringing the America’s Cup back to Europe for the first time. His team memorably won the Cup in 2003 in Auckland and then successfully defended it in 2007 in Valencia, with the event described as one of the most memorable in recent history. After the 2010 Cup campaign, Ernesto again focused his attention on his passion for one-design racing, winning the Bol d’Or again in 2011, before taking the team into the Extreme Sailing Series, which they won three times, most recently in 2016.