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, eight D35 trophies, four Extreme Sailing Series championships, one GC32 Racing Tour championship and a GC32 World champion title.


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

RACING IN 2020 and 2021

Given the current health situation, the GC32 and TF35 regattas scheduled for 2020 have been cancelled. The team is therefore focused on the development of the new TF35 foiler, and looks forward to being able to race again in 2021.

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Alinghi crowned Sailing Team of the Year

13 February, 2021

SUI Sailing Awards 2021 COVID-19 required that the ceremony for the 7th SUI Sailing Awards would take place in the form of an online broadcast on Saturday February 13, starting at 8pm. In keeping with, and in order to respect, the necessary public health measures, the SUI's Master of Ceremonies had previously toured the awards' winners to present the prizes in each of the five categories: male and female sailor, junior sailor, team and project. These Awards, organised every two years by Swiss Sailing and Skippers magazine, reward the best performers competing under the Swiss flag during the relevant two years – in this case 2019 and 2020 – as well as recognising commitment to the sport. Nominated alongside Team Tilt Sailing and Roesti Sailing Team in the "Sailing Team" category, Alinghi was named the winner following a public vote (counting for 30% of the decision) and nominations from a jury composed of five sailing professionals. In sporting terms, the three titles won in 2019 by the Alinghi team will have done much to sway the decision: An eighth victory in the D35 championship, a first in the GC32 Racing Tour championship and another in the inaugural GC32 World championship. A pretty much flawless performance in a year that was also highlighted by OMEGA joining the team as a partner. "Alone we go faster, together we go further" Nils Frei said. "This is a national recognition that gives pleasure and we are happy to share it with our partners and all who accompany us: Families, friends and fans." As for its commitment to sailing in Switzerland, Alinghi and the Bertarelli Foundation have been supporting young Swiss sailors for many years in their sporting development, with, for example, the recent support for the rapidly evolving Nacra 15 catamaran class. Within its own team, Alinghi has, in recent years, welcomed and integrated young talents, so much the better to stay at the forefront of the sport, particularly as it further embraces foiling machines. In this context, it should also be emphasised how much the entire team has been involved in the development of the TF35, a one-design foiling catamaran, as well as of the related new class. Ernesto Bertarelli: "It's important for us to win a national trophy like this, because Alinghi is first and foremost a Swiss sailing team, which takes great encouragement from the support of our country and one of whose major goals is to represent Swiss sailing internationally. "In 2021, we hope to be able to race with the GC32 again and to continue the development of the TF35 with an annual championship and perhaps a Bol d'Or. And of course, we will be following the America's Cup regattas closely over the next few weeks..." Pierre-Yves Jorand: "For more than twenty-five years, this team has shone on the Lake and beyond thanks to our values, team spirit and the quest for continuous improvement to stay on top. We have also been able to integrate young, talented sailors to ensure we are part of the sport's transition to modern, foiling, fast boats. This award has a special meaning for us and reflects the work accomplished by the whole team." Alinghi thanks the Bellevue Palace in Bern for its award and also sends its congratulations to the other nominees and winners. The quality of Swiss sailors of all generations, their representation on all of the world's seas, and the popular participation of the public during the votes for these awards all prove that Swiss sailing continues to be on the rise! Team Members 2019/2020 Sailors Ernesto Bertarelli Arnaud Psarofaghis Nicolas Charbonnier Bryan Mettraux Nils Frei Timothé Lapauw Coraline Jonet Yves Detrey Shore Team João Cabeçadas David Nikles Claudy Dewarrat Team Director Pierre-Yves Jorand   Find out more: swiss-sailing.ch/fr/federation/manifestations/sui-sailing-awards #SUISailingAwards #SailingAwards #GoAlinghiGo Click here to watch the clip unveiling the six winners, showcasing all nominees in action. Click here for the "Sailing Team" sequence and the Awards presented to Alinghi. Photos credit © Sailing Energy-GC32 Racing Tour  /  © Lloyd Images  /  © Alinghi

Apex Boats becomes official supplier

12 October, 2020

Alongside Team Alinghi all around the world since 2010 with two 24 feet RIBs, Apex Boats is becoming official supplier of the Team in 2020 by supplying a new 28 feet custom built chase boat for our new TF35 catamaran. Apex & Alinghi’s story Apex & Alinghi met during the America’s Cup 2007 edition in Valencia, where Apex Boats was America’s Cup Management’s official supplier for professional RIBs and provided around 40 RIBs between 5 and 8 meters to secure the event. In 2010, Alinghi acquired two Apex 24 feet chase RIBs for our lake and sea programs. To support our new TF35 foiler from 2020, the team chose Apex Boats once again for the great seaworthiness, durability and value for quality. Discover here the official launch clip. A close collaboration to realise our new custom built chase boat Apex Boats worked hand to hand for several months with our technical team to design the perfect chase rigid inflatable boat we needed to assist our new “flying” 35-foot foiling catamaran. The support boat had to be heavy duty to operate in all weather, very fast up to 50 knots, spacious and also extremely functional. Apex custom built the entire deck space and all the accessories to meet all the technical requirements in quality and performance. Click here to listen to João explaining why we chose Apex for our new chase boat. Apex A-28 custom chase boat Length: 8,65 m (28’0”) Width: 3,14 m (10’3”) Max passengers: 18 Max engine power: 500 HP (55+ Knots) Tube material: Hypalon CSM 1670 dtex (Orca) Hull, stringer & deck: reinforced fiberglass Tailor-made: deck, console, top, helm seat, lockers, general configuration, design… To follow Apex Boats on social media: @apexboats apexboats.com

A smooth recovery and first launch of our TF35

9 June, 2020

Following the recent guidance from the Conseil Fédéral and the new directives from Swiss Sailing, the resumption of training on Lake Geneva is now possible, in compliance with health rules. These last months have defied us all and we will continue to face these challenges together in the coming times so that a restart is favourable across all aspects. On our side, we are delighted to be able to return to our sport and our passion again, and do so with a feeling of great gratitude to all the people who have worked and are still working to manage and lessen the effects of this pandemic. Pierre-Yves Jorand, team director: “Our 2020 season will partly resume with the launch of our TF35, and partly be postponed, since we have decided, in agreement with our partners, OMEGA and PELLE P, not to participate in the GC32 Racing Tour this year. “Later in the year, we will re-examine the return of our GC32 to competition from 2021, hoping to defend our titles in the World Championship and the annual Racing Tour. Indeed, with the GC32 class having decided to postpone the majority of the planned programme (only two independent events will be offered at the end of August and in mid-October), these titles will not be in play this year." Regarding the TF35, the Alinghi team is hard at work to finalise the preparation of its brand-new boat, picking-up where it left off in early March. To learn more about the TF35, click here. Nils Frei, team member and coach: “We are happy to be able to resume our activities on the water and as a team. We are eager to proceed with the very first launch of our foiler and to get started sailing. A good list of tests in all conditions awaits us in order to continue the development of our boat on Lake Geneva. As with the launch of any technological racing machine, we will proceed in stages and wait until we have validated the boat completely before going out in a sustained way. “Even if, to date, no regatta is planned and trips outside Switzerland are suspended for this season, our motivation remains very real and I can say with some certainty that all of us are impatient to return to the water." We look forward to sharing with you over on our social media channels the foiling sessions of our new machine (registered "SUI 100 / VD64") and in the meantime hope that you can continue to take great care of yourself and your loved ones.