After six hours and six minutes of racing and ahead of 230 boats, Alinghi won the 54th edition of Genève-Rolle-Genève, one of the two Lémaniques classics of the D35 Trophy season. 30 minutes later, the D35s Zen Too and Realteam crossed the line to complete the podium. The forecast has suggested quite a long race in very light breeze, but a small Séchard rose at the time of the start to offer a nice way up to Rolle along the French-side shores of Lake Geneva. Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "You should never be too pessimistic about the conditions, because in the end, we had a lot of luck with the wind." Nils Frei, trimmer, meanwhile found the race a fairly classic test: "We had light and changing conditions, a well-known 'lull' around Rolle, but we never completely stopped." Ernesto Bertarelli, helmsman: "We had a great start. Then we controlled the fleet until the exit of the 'petit lac'. Then Swisscom took a risk that paid off and got a few seconds ahead of us at Rolle. We remained calm, we made the boat run as we know it can, and we created a small gap between us and the fleet to finally go through the transition before others back to Geneva." Click here to see the reactions of the whole team when crossing the finish line in front of the Yacht Club de Genève. This Sunday, the D35 will be back on the water to take part in the second day of the Grand Prix de Versoix and bring to a close this weekend of two regattas. Click here for the full rankings from the Genève-Rolle-Genève. To find out more d35trophy.com // ycg.ch/geneve-rolle-geneve/ Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy // #GRG2018 To find out more about the race tracking system, the team composition and the circuit in general, find the event recap by clicking here. Photo credits ©Alinghi
- 13 flying boats representing nine nations - 65 international-level sailors - Four days of racing and 16 races, all amid various conditions - Team Tilt the World Champion (Hopp Schwiz!), - Alinghi, helmed by Ernesto Bertarelli, 4th overall and winner of the owner-driver championship Thus ended the inaugural GC32 World championship, which was organised by the Fraglia Vela Riva and the class representatives. Ernesto Bertarelli, skipper-helmsman: "I am satisfied with our result. Of course, I would have preferred to make the podium, but considering the fact that the 100% professional teams that finished above us – and indeed some of them beneath us –, we can be satisfied with our 4th place overall and also to get the title of owner-driver. "The reality is that we have not sailed together enough in this format. Arnaud has changed his position from helm to tactician, while we'd have to go back to last year for the previous time I took a GC32 helm in a regatta. In 2018, we trained two days in Oman two months ago and two days last week in Riva. "I think I have been able to steer the boat in its modes, to manage the foiling while at the same time remaining cautious, and I found that we were pretty fast around the course! But then it's the communication that we have to work on. At this level of competition, with each crew as competent as one another on the manoeuvres around the marks, what makes the difference is the communication and decision-making, and I feel we were a little bit behind here. "Anyway, I had a lot of fun racing, especially during the windy Friday. It's a beautiful class, a great boat, foiling catamarans are the future of sailing, I'll be back! "The Alinghi team sends our heartfelt congratulations to Team Tilt for their World title. Their victory is fantastic for Swiss sailing. Out of 13 teams, Switzerland was the most represented nation with three boats. I am very proud of this young generation of talented sailors." Find the video of the reactions of the team back to dock by clicking here. The series of spring races continues next weekend with the D35 on Lake Geneva and the Grand Prix of Versoix on Friday 1st June and Sunday 3rd of June, with, in between, the classic Genève-Rolle-Genève on Saturday. Overall ranking after 16 races 1. Team Tilt (SUI) - 60 points 2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) - 68 points 3. Oman Air (OMA) - 79 points 4. Alinghi (SUI) - 88 points (1st owner-driver) 5. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) - 88 points Click here for the overall ranking in its entirety and the ranking of owner-driver. To find out more gc32worlds.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #GC32worlds Credit for photos © Martina Orsini, Pedro Martinez, Lloyd Images
Following on from the opening Grand Prix, Alinghi secured another 'Lac Leman' victory at the Open de Versoix. Over the regatta of ten races – sailed amid shifty wind, blowing five to 12 knots – the team won four and finished second three times. Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician, said: "Friday aside, we had great conditions for this Open de Versoix. The key to this event was to keep picking-up points and not to give-up, especially if we had set-backs. The fleet was packed and every mistake was seized upon. Once, we reached the top mark in third place, but ended up, because of a positioning error, in seventh. Another time, we lost our advantage because of a manoeuvre, first to a rival boat and then to most of the fleet. Everything comes down to the smallest detail. "For the coming Grand Prix, we'll have to keep paying attention to these details and continue to sail at the highest level. But I'm not going to say what we're looking to improve specifically, so as not to give our competitors our secrets!" Arnaud Psarofaghis, mainsail trimmer, also noted the increase in the general level of the competition: "The fleet is becoming way closer in terms of performance levels and it shows in the results – three boats finished on equal points! Looking ahead, one of the things we will look to work on is our decision-making at the gate (stage of the race where we can choose between two marks before starting the next leg). Essentially, if we are aiming for a particular side of the race area, we need to be able to accept the bad air and also the proximity of the other boats that have chosen the same mark to keep in touch with the fleet." Alinghi head to Lake Garda this Tuesday for the GC32 World Championship (24-27 May). The D35 resumes on June 1st and June 3rd, again in Versoix for the Grand Prix. The Genève-Rolle-Genève, the first Lac Leman classic, will take place on the 2nd of June. Click here for the general ranking of leg 2 after 10 races. To find out more d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Credit for photos © Loris Von Siebenthal
From May the 19th to the 27th, Alinghi will be taking-on seven full days of racing over two events: > The second stage of the D35 Trophy takes place from Saturday the 19th to the 21st of May. Organised by the Versoix Yacht Club, it again will bring together the nine boats competing for the 2018 Championship. > Following its official recognition as a class by the international federation, World Sailing, last December, the very first GC32 World Championship will take place on the iconic Lake Garda between the 24th and 27th of May. Some 13 to 15 boats have responded to the invitation issued by Fraglia Vela Riva and the GC32 Class and will line-up against one another to compete for the ultimate title. Pierre-Yves Jorand, Alinghi's team director, said: "With these two regattas so close together we will have to know how to best stay focused day after day, and we will take advantage of every precious free moment so as to optimise our recovery phases. But, of course, we're delighted to be involved with both, as competition is what we live for. The GC32 World Championship will be magnificent, what with the teams taking part and the ideal setting for sailing that Lake Garda usually provides." Follow the action On Twitter @teamalinghi > Updates after each race, as well as photos and video clips On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos and photos On our website > News and photos To find out more d35trophy.com // gc32worlds.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy // #GC32worlds To find out more about how to follow the racing, the composition of the team and the D35 Trophy in general, find a recap of the competition by clicking here. Credit for photos © Lloyd Images
After 11 races, raced amid various conditions, Alinghi took the win in the 2018 D35 season-opener in which the team competed against eight rivals. Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier and Mobimo occupy the other podium places. Ernesto Bertarelli, skipper and helmsman said: "Friday was a big day, but it provided the sort of challenging conditions in which we like to sail. After that day's five races we were leading the fleet with a slight advantage over Ylliam (by one point). Saturday saw slightly lighter breeze with a fleet much more compact. The starts were tight and we had to find every edge - not without risk! – in order to win the legs. "In the end we are pleased with the result, despite some poor performances that, our mistakes notwithstanding, show the high level of our competitors. Ylliam and Mobimo had a great weekend. One with the same crew identical from 2017; the other with a new make-up. "I would also like to acknowledge the Okalys Youth Project, who, for their first regatta together, made a good impression. They even made a top mark rounding in the lead with us. They're very promising." Nils Frei, headsail trimmer, said: "We feel that the teams have trained and improved a lot before the start of this season, perhaps more so in than the other years, especially when we see the performance of Mobimo, which has almost changed all his crew. "Alongside Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier, we'll need to watch them closely. Not to mention the others, who will make their mark and certainly progress. "At our level, one of our strengths is our ability to raise our heads and not question everything when we have one or two setbacks. More generally, we are happy with the overall performance and with the fact that we didn't make any big mistakes. Anyway, we don't intend on banking this win, but will focus on continuing to work across all facets of our sailing and will look to continue to improve." The team is looking forward to the next D35 event, taking place from the 19th to the 21st of May in Versoix for the season's second Grand Prix. In the meantime, the team heads to Riva del Garda (Italy) on Tuesday for a few days of preparation for the GC32 world championship to be held May 24-27. Click here for the general ranking of leg 1 after 11 races. To find out more d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Credit for photos © Loris Von Siebenthal
A one-design multihull contest, nine teams competing, and eight races to be run this season on Lake Geneva, as in 2017. So, here we go again as we begin the 15th edition of the D35 Trophy. Things are not exactly the same, however! As a small aside, the weight limit for crews has gone up by 10kg, to 480. During the 'transfer window', some teams have taken the opportunity to mix things up. Not so, Alinghi, the title holder, who return aiming for a seventh victory in the championship and who welcome back the same sailors that were victorious last time. The weather forecast promises – so far at least – wind for the practice day and for the first day of racing, perhaps enough to see the boats hit something-like 25 knots. Let's hope it turns out to be accurate! We look forward to seeing you from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th of May, with six races scheduled per day in this opening D35 Grand Prix, which is organised by our club, the Société Nautique de Genève. Follow the action You can keep-up with the racing, with up to six races per day in the Grand Prix by: On Twitter @alinghiteam > Updates after each race, as well as photos and video clips On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos and photos On our website > News and photos To find out more d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi’s team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Credit for photos © Lloyd Images
D35 SEASON - A RECAP What: Décision 35 (‘D35’) multihull championship, sailed exclusively on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The 2018 D35 Trophy comprises eight events: six Grand Prix and two ‘lémanique’ classics, the Genève-Rolle-Genève and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud. Who: Nine teams with a crew of between five and seven (there is a team weight limit of 480kg, except for the Genève-Rolle-Genève and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud) Where: Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) When: From May to September (click here to view the calendar) How: For the six Grand Prix, the teams compete in a number of races, each of which last about half an hour, around a course marked by buoys. For the two Lémanique classics, the teams follow courses along the lake’s shore, racing to round a mark and then back to finish where they had begun the race. Follow the action You can keep-up with the racing, with up to six races per day in the Grand Prix by: On Twitter @teamalinghi > Updates after each race, as well as photos and video clips On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos and photos On our website > News and photos D35 Team* Helmsman and Skipper: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) Mainsail trimmer: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Tactician: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Frontsail trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Floater: Coraline Jonet (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Technical Team João Cabeçadas (POR) David Nikles (SUI) Coach and Team Director Claudy Dewarrat (SUI) Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) For more info d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy Credit for photos © Lloyd Images *Temporary changes to the crew - For the Bol d'Or Mirabaud (raced without constraints on total crew weight), Pierre-Yves Jorand was the team’s floater - For the Open du Yacht Club and the Alinghi Grand Prix in Crans, Nils Frei (groin injury) was replaced by Arnaud Psarofaghis as frontsail trimmer and Pierre-Yves Jorand as mainsail trimmer - For the Realstone Grand Prix, Nils Frei (groin injury) was replaced by Bryan Mettraux as frontsail trimmer.
From the first run to the last – the 24th of this four-day Act - Alinghi led from the front, and all in various conditions. Indeed, the team started the final day with a lead of ten points. After being closely trailed by Oman Air, SAP Extreme Sailing Team took-up the pursuit, managing to narrow the gap to just two small points going into the double-point-scoring last race. In other words, everything to play for. Arnaud Psarofaghis, helmsman and co-skipper, said after having crossed the finish line: "In seven races today, this is the only time we finished in front of SAP, but it was the right time to do so!" In four days of competition on the water of Muscat, Alinghi won five races, with SAP recording ten. However, Alinghi finished second 11 times and only missed the top-three four times, against eight for the Danes. Yves Detrey, bowman, said: "The key is in the consistency, a mantra we have applied to the end. Today we had some difficult starts and situations, but we fought for absolutely every point and in the end it came down to the last race heat, as is often the case in the Extreme Sailing Series. This is the first time we have won the event in Oman. We are delighted with this start to the season!" Tempted to jump aboard the GC32 on its foils just after crossing the finish line in the last race of the day? Find it here. The team will see you again in two weeks on Lake Geneva to launch the D35! Click here for the general ranking of Oman's Act 1 after 25 races. Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about Alinghi's team or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need here. Photos credit: Lloyd Images
The Muscat waterway in Oman will again be in the spotlight over the next four days for the opening of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series season. Seven international teams, most of them familiar from the circuit, are preparing to fight hard on their respective GC32s. Given the expected classic wind conditions, let's see if the crew changes made by some teams will pay off or if continuity will bear fruit. In Alinghi’s case, the team has gone with the latter option, putting an emphasis on stability. The technical team finalised the preparation of the boat late February-early March, to allow the sailors to find their machine gleaming and as good as new last Wednesday for the resumption of training after the winter break. Sharp, motivated and full of ideas, the team delivers on video! To discover the final touch made by João, click here. For Tim's physical preparation, click here. And for Nils's Ambitious Objective, click here! As for Nicolas and Arnaud, they will tell you what's new on board. To follow the races, which will be held from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March, from 2 to 5pm local time (UTC + 4, 3h more than in Switzerland), there are the following options: Live > via our website (races modeled in 3D Wednesday and Thursday, then live video on Friday and Saturday) > via our Twitter account @teamalinghi (results published after each race with some photos and short video moments) On demand > On Facebook and Instagram for video interviews and photos > On our website for news and replays of the races The general classification will be updated as the races unfold and will be available here. Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about the race tracking system, the team composition and the race in general, you can find the event recap here. Photos credit : Alinghi
Extreme Sailing Series circuit - A Recap: What: International Extreme Sailing Series™ with eight events in eight host cities on three continents Who: Seven international teams composed usually of a crew of five (if a female sailor is on board, teams are allowed to go to six) Where: Act 1: Muscat (Oman), Event 2: GC32 World Championship in Riva del Garda (Italy), Act 3: Barcelona (Spain), Act 4: Portugal, Act 5: St Petersburg (Russia), Act 6 : Cardiff (United Kingdom), Act 7: San Diego (USA), Act 8: Los Cabos (Mexico) When: March to December 2018 (click here to view the annual calendar) How: The teams compete in short format races in front of the public, on a 32ft catamaran with foils: The GC32 Following the action There are a number of ways you can follow the team during all of the eight stages, each of which includes four days of competition (up to 10 races each afternoon - Watch out for the time difference depending on the event location!). On the Internet, via the home page of alinghi.com and extremesailingseries.com > Modeled races in 3D from the 1st to the 4th day of the competition > Regattas broadcast live on the 3rd and 4th days (generally from 2pm local time until the end of the races) > Replay available at the end of the races by clicking here On Twitter @teamalinghi > Results published after each race with some photos and short video moments On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Video interviews & photos Alinghi’s GC32 Crew* Helmsman, co-skipper: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Tactician and mainsail trimmer: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Foil trimmer: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Technical team: João Cabeçadas (POR) David Nikles (SUI) Coach and Team Director: Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) To find out more: extremesailingseries.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo #Extremesailing Photo credit © Jesús Renedo *Temporary changes to the crew For the 3 last Acts (Cardiff, San Diego & Los Cabos), Nils Frei (groin injury) is replaced by Bryan Mettraux as frontsail trimmer.