WE ARE ALINGHI

Alinghi as a competitive sailing team was created in 1994 by Ernesto Bertarelli. In 2000, the team set itself the goal of winning the America's Cup, which it did twice, in 2003 and 2007, meaning it was the first European team to win the historic prize. The team has many other successes to its name, both from before and after it's America's Cup campaigns, including seven Bol d'Or victories, seven D35 trophies and four Extreme Sailing Series championships.

  • 31st AMERICA'S CUP WINNER
  • 32nd AMERICA'S CUP WINNER
  • 7 TIMES BOL D'OR WINNER
  • 7 TIMES DECISION 35 TROPHY WINNER
  • 4 TIMES EXTREME SAILING SERIES WINNER

About us

Facts & Figures

1991
The first Alinghi boat takes to Lake Geneva
39.2
GC32’s top speed (knots), set in 2015
5.7M
Visitors to Port America’s Cup, Valencia
7
Victories in the Bol d’Or

RACING IN 2019

From May through to December, Alinghi is again participating on two parallel circuits aboard two types of one-design catamarans. Alinghi SUI-1, the D35, will go for an 8th title in the 16th (and final) D35 Trophy before the launch of the flying TF35 Championship in 2020. Alinghi SUI-8, the foiling GC32, will race to win the GC32 Racing Tour, the circuit that brings together professional teams and owner-helmsmen. At the end of June, a fleet of GC32s will meet in Lagos, Portugal, for the World Championship for the class.

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Our team

The Alinghi team prides itself on being made up of top class sailors – meet them here.

LATEST NEWS

81st Bol d'Or: dantesque conditions and a 3rd place overall

16 June, 2019

57 knots were displayed on the boat's instruments! Not for the speed of our D35, but for the wind speed that blew during the ferocious storm that rained down during the 81st Bol d'Or. We spare a thought to the competitors who suffered damage to their boats, and also to the rescue teams and volunteers on the ground. While the record for this legendary event remains at 5: 01'50 '' (Triga IV in 1994), the M1 Ladycat powered by Spindrift managed the calm before and after the storm, winning the race in 10 hours, 36 minutes and 21 seconds. Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier were the first D35 and second overall in 10h39'38', the Alinghi D35 completed the podium with a time of 10h42'35. Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "This year, I will remember above all the incredible storm that we had to cross. It was a hell of an experience, like nothing I've been through on a boat. We congratulate Spindrift for their victory and we are happy to make the podium." Arnaud Psarofaghis, mainsail trimmer: "What is striking in these great races is that the regattas are even tighter than the Grand Prix. From beginning to end, we fight for every metre, every place. Relative to the length of the course, we finish much closer to each other than at the finish of a Grand Prix round, which is surprising after more than 10 hours of non-stop racing." Nils Frei, coach: "It was super impressive to see the lake transformed with more than 50 knots of wind. Rare conditions, fortunately, by the way. There were boats in stress everywhere and many flares launched. "Ladycat led the race well and deserves the victory, but we are happy to have sailed well overall. The start and first section of the race were very good. Then the wind transitions bunched us up. It was complicated when the Bouveret approached, where it was very quiet and therefore more random. On the way back to Geneva, we negotiated the storm rather well, even though the jib did not come out unscathed. We moved back on the leader who was 50 minutes ahead of us at Bouveret, but that will not have been enough. Achieving the podium on a long race is always satisfying, even if we would prefer to win!" After this fourth stage of the D35 Trophy 2019, Alinghi still leads the Championship, ahead of Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier and Zen Too. For the D35s, a summer break will now take place until the end of August, when they will return for three Grand Prix to end the season. In the meantime, the team is looking forward to seeing you from June 27th to 30th in Lagos (Portugal) for one of its major goals: the GC32 Series World Championship. Click here for all the results of the 81st Bol d'Or Mirabaud. To find out more d35trophy.com  //  boldormirabaud.ch #GoAlinghiGo  //  #D35Trophy  //  #BOM19 To find out more about how to follow the racing, the team composition and the circuit in general, find the event recap by clicking here. Photo credits © BOM2019 / Loris Von Siebenthal, Nicolas Jutzi, Anna Ricca, EP medias

The 55th edition of the Genève-Rolle-Genève: 5th place of the D35s, 6th overall

9 June, 2019

Great blue skies, dropping south-west and wavering Séchard winds served as the setting for this first of lake Léman two classic races in the D35 Trophy. After four hours and nine minutes of racing, Alinghi crossed the finish line in 6th position overall (5th among the D35s) in the 55th Genève-Rolle-Genève. The D35 Zen Too (3h57'), Eleven Sailing Team (4h03'), and the M1 Ladycat powered by Spindrift (4h04') took the podium in this event which is synonymous with a warm-up for the Bol d'Or. Bryan Mettraux, trimmer: "We made a good start in the south-west, which allowed us to be in the hunt by the time we got to near Nyon. Then there was the first transition where we hit the northerly wind in which we rounded the halfway mark at Rolle in 3rd position. "We attacked well on the way back to Geneva, but it was quite special. We went down with the new wind, we got stuck in no pression, until it came back again (as the D35 goes faster than the wind in this light conditions). At one point we had to cross the lake to stay in the pressure, but we didn't cross exactly at the right time. "There is always a sense of success being shared in these races. Zen Too managed to come back through the fleet and crossed at the right moment. It's part of the game and they played it well." With such light conditions in such a long race, would it be wise to wait patiently and then to launch the assault at the right moment ? Nils Frei, trimmer, gives his point of view: "We have a little more cards in hand in general when we are in front, but these are races where anything can happen, with reversals of situation and sometimes the pressure that comes from behind. But it's hard enough to predict! I think we do not want to be a team that sits back and says we will see after. Especially given that there are races that develop from the front and others where it pays to come back from behind." See you next week, June 15th at 10am, wind or not, for the start of the 81st Bol d'Or Mirabaud. Click here for all the results of the Genève-Rolle-Genève. To find out more d35trophy.com  // ycg.ch/geneve-rolle-geneve/ #GoAlinghiGo  //  #D35Trophy  //  #GRG19 To find out more about how to follow the racing, the team composition and the circuit in general, find the event recap by clicking here. Photo credits ©EP medias

2nd place in the GC32 Racing Tour opener

27 May, 2019

As previously announced, Alinghi took to the start line in Villasimius (South Sardegna) in a new GC32 circuit this year. Exit the Extreme Sailing Series, welcome to the GC32 Racing Tour. Looking from a distance, it'd be easy to be mistaken that not that much has changed, from the boats to the sailor faces at the dock, and it is still a matter of racing around marks. But, dig a little further, and the differences between this year and last become clear...the races are longer (lasting more), there are more boats involved and the composition of the teams has changed too. A rule change, too – the last race does not count for double points any more. Also do not discount the fact that it's also never rained so much before in two days in the previous Championship, not even in Cardiff! In short, all these little details added a degree of change, which, taken together, had to be factored in planning debriefing and onboard sessions in order to win. Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "With longer courses, we had more time to play with the wind shifts and pressures. There were fewer manoeuvres and you have to take care of the speed of the boat. We all think we could have done a little better, avoiding some of our mistakes. That said, our rivals will be saying the same and we all know that we have to limit these things in order to win." Arnaud Psarofaghis, Co-Helmsman: "The ranking feels logical given that we were competing chiefly with Oman and Ineos all week. We know how to win stages and have the means to do so by continuing to make good starts and going fast." Pierre-Yves Jorand, Team Director: "To compensate for the absence of Tim, who was injured, the team had to adapt. We are of course aware of the importance of the specificities of each position, as well as the fact that we wouldn't have enough training time in our new set-up. We also had to deal with some small technical problems, the impact of which will take some time for us to analyse properly so that we don't repeat the mistakes. Some of those are probably related to the longer racing format on the GC32 Racing Tour... "Oman sailed very well. Congratulations to them. They were consistent and found solutions to come back and pass boats when they were at the rear. A bit like us, but a little step above." Today the GC32 will take its place in its container to travel to Lagos, Portugal, for the World Championship of the series, held from the 27th to the 30th of June, with the event also counting as the second leg of the annual circuit. In the meantime, the team will be back on Saturday, June the 8th, on Lake Léman for the Genève-Rolle-Genève aboard the D35. Click here for the GC32 Villasimius Cup general ranking after 16 races. To find out more gc32racingtour.com #gc32racingtour #GoAlinghiGo To find out more about how to follow the racing, the team composition and the circuit in general, find the event recap by clicking here. Photo credits ©Sailing Energy/GC32 Racing Tour

OMEGA gets on board with ALINGHI

22 May, 2019

OMEGA and ALINGHI have joined forces in a brand new sailing partnership, just days before the launch of the GC32 season in Villasimius. For more than 25 years, the prestigious Swiss watchmaker has shown a proud commitment to the world of sailing and it will continue that passion by accompanying the ALINGHI team on its competitive circuits. Ernesto Bertarelli, founder and skipper of ALINGHI said, "ALINGHI and OMEGA share the same dedication to innovation, technology and speed. We are proud to represent Switzerland together and I am delighted to combine the excellence and know-how of the renowned watchmaker with the skill and success of ALINGHI on the water. In this 50th anniversary year of Apollo 11 and the OMEGA Speedmaster's legendary role aboard that mission, I can recall when we won the America's Cup under the Swiss colours. In the sailing world, that was comparable to the first steps on the moon. Since then, our team has always striven for perfection. With a new partner sharing this same vision, I look forward to writing an exciting new chapter in our story with OMEGA by our side." Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA said, "We are truly honoured to begin this partnership with ALINGHI. Beyond sharing the same nationality, our two brands are inhabited by the same pioneering spirit and a passion for invention. ALINGHI has shown great vision throughout its history and OMEGA is looking forward to supporting the team in future competitions." About OMEGA The Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is known across the world for its unrivalled sporting heritage. Most notably, the brand has been positioned as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games on 28 occasions since 1932. In sailing, OMEGA is a major partner for numerous teams and competitions at all levels, including its enduring support of Emirates Team New Zealand since 1995. In 2000 and 2003, the brand was the Official Timekeeper of the America's Cup and, most recently, their expertise was used as Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017/2018. Today, many of the best sailors are closely linked to OMEGA and, throughout its history, the brand has produced many sailing watches, complete with functional ocean design and iconic style. About ALINGHI Founded and directed by Ernesto Bertarelli, ALINGHI made its debut as a sports team in 1994. In 2000, the team set a goal of winning the America's Cup, a goal achieved twice in 2003 and 2007. ALINGHI is therefore the first European team to win the prestigious trophy and has achieved many other successes, including seven victories at the Bol d'Or, seven D35 Trophies and four Extreme Sailing Series championships. ALINGHI is associated with the D35 Trophy and the GC32 Racing Tour in 2019, and is contributing to the development of the new TF35 one-design foiling catamaran. For more information omegawatches.com #OMEGAOfficialTimekeeper #GoAlinghiGo Photo credits ©Jesùs Renedo/Sailing Energy & OMEGA