In lining up at the start of a Grand Prix that provides for up to five races a day, you don't know exactly when the regatta will end, because wind is a key component of the equation. Despite a fleet hungry and raring to go after the long period without racing, the weather didn't play ball, allowing for three races in three days, launched on Saturday off Nyon. By finishing second once, and twice first, Alinghi had the advantage at the halfway stage. And due to a lack of wind on the last day, the scores remained the same at the end, with Alinghi winning by one point ahead of Realteam, with Spindrift completing the podium. Of course, all the members of the team are delighted with the victory in the opening of the very first championship of the TF35 class. Above all, everyone agrees that it arrived as the result of the hard work put in since the TF35 SUI 100 was launched in June 2020. Bryan Mettraux: "The conditions were difficult for all the crews with this unstable wind meaning foiling and being able to fly the boat was tricky. But that's also what makes the sport interesting. Upwind for example, you have to manage the transitions between a "flying" mode under a gennaker (the biggest headsail) and a "foiling" mode under a jib (smaller headsail), the angles change, the speeds too...It's very technical and we still have a lot to learn in these phases. " Yves Detrey: "It's important to win, because that's our goal after all! We would have been disappointed to finish second or third because we have worked hard over the past few months to get there." Arnaud Psarofaghis: "It's always good to win the first regatta of a brand new championship. Unfortunately, we all had to wait a long time for this, but we were able to be impactful when needed." Nils Frei: "Every minute spent aboard this new foiler is beneficial to us because we continue to learn. This is even more the case when the conditions are difficult, and they were!" The team would like to thank the Société Nautique de Nyon and its volunteers, in collaboration with the TF35 class and the authorities, for having all worked, in compliance with health rules, to return to competition after a 17 month hiatus. Find the seven TF35 Trophy teams again in the waters off Nyon from May 14 to 16 for the second Grand Prix of the season. Classification of the opening Grand Prix of the Société Nautique de Nyon after three races: 1st - Alinghi: 4 points 2nd - Realteam: 5 points 3rd - Spindrift: 9 points Click here for the full results. Click here to watch the races in 2D thanks to the GPS tracker placed on board each boat. To find out more tf35.org To learn more about the race monitoring system, the team composition and the TF35 Trophy in general, a summary of the event is here. #GoAlinghiGo // #TF35Trophy Credit for photos © Loris von Siebenthal
With the usual "high-performance team + regatta + multihull + one-design" components, Alinghi will be in "flight" mode on the two circuits chosen for the 2021 season. Since 2015, this was already the case on the GC32, but now that the Décision 35 has been replaced by the T Foiler 35, our boats' hulls should barely touch the water! The TF35 hits the piste The recent development in public health guidelines should now allow for the seven TF35s to officially start the very first championship of this new class of foilers. From Friday 30 April to Sunday 2 May, up to five races per day can be launched in the waters off Nyon for the first event. Also on the programme this year are four other grand prix, two of which will be in Italy in the autumn and two Lake Geneva classics in June. No gatherings of more than 15 people will be allowed this weekend, but nevertheless there is still the possibility of watching these flying machines from the shore. And if you do have a boat, please do keep in mind that the TF35s regularly change course to maintain foiling in shifty air. As for the team, after many days spent training and continuing to gain knowledge of their TF35, Alinghi switched to race mode with an emphasis on the preparation of the start phases and the rounding of the marks. Nils Frei, trimmer: Is the team ready to race? "To be honest, we don't 100% know yet, because in the 30 years we've been racing we've never had a year-long competitive break! "But we got together for days, or rather weeks of training and I don't think we forgot everything. With the lack of competition, we will be a little rusty in the phases that are difficult to simulate in training, such as the starts with several boats, contact phases, communication on board compared to our competitors. But I think the automatic way in which we know these things inherently will come back quickly." Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "We are aiming for the top of the table on this new circuit, but the TF35 remains a foiler to be tamed, and we will face new, very competitive teams. One of our strengths will be the stability of our team, reinforced by the arrival of a young Swiss sailor, Florian Trüb, who takes his role as replacement sailor very seriously and helps Yves with the electronics and analysis of performance. Obviously we will also seek to win our 8th Bol d'Or, if the public health rules allow it to be held." A revamped 2021 GC32 Racing Tour In 2021, Alinghi has also set itself the goal of defending the titles it won in 2019 at the annual GC32 Championship and at the series World Championship. The health situation at the start of the year forced the organisers of the GC32 Racing Tour to postpone the start of the races until the end of June in Portugal, with the conclusion scheduled for November in Spain. The World Championship should, under the current plan, be held in mid-September in the south of Sardinia. After a blank sporting season in 2020, the whole team is delighted with the prospect of regaining acquaintance with the adrenaline of competition, with, of course, the strictest respect to prevailing public health guidance. For the practical info about the TF35 season, click here. For the provisional 2021 programme, click here. A tracking system will be onboard each TF35 and you can follow all the races live or in replay on the Tractrac website, the TF35 Trophy website, or via these free apps (click here for an Iphone, or here for an Android). #GoAlinghiGo tf35.org gc32racingtour.com Credit for Photos © Loris von Siebenthal
A recap // What: The very first championship for the one-design, multihull foiling TF35s, which follows the format of the Décision 35 competition, but this time with the added dimension of flight over water. All the further info is here. Who: Seven teams made up of six team members (total team weight limited to 500kg) Where: Lake Geneva (Switzerland) for the first five events of the season, then to Scarlino (Italy) for the finale. When: From April to September, the 2021 TF35 Trophy will include seven events: five Grand Prix and two Lake Geneva classics (the Genève-Rolle-Genève and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud). Click here for the calendar How: During the Grand Prix, the teams compete during three days in successive races of about twenty-minute duration and which are sailed around buoys. During the Lake Geneva classics, a coastal course is completed with a start from Geneva, a mark to be rounded (in Rolle or Le Bouveret at the end of the lake) and then a return to the finish line in Geneva. Follow the action There are a number of ways to follow the team: On Twitter @alinghi > Publication of results and assorted photos and videos On Facebook @alinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos & photos On our homepage alinghi.com > News and photos Race monitoring, live or replay > A tracking system will be onboard each TF35 during regattas. Access the 2D mapping via: the TF35 Trophy website, the TracTrac website, or the free app on your smartphone (click here if you have an iPhone, or here if you have an Android) Team for the TF35 (SUI 100) Helmsman / skipper: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) Tactician: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Mainsail traveller: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Mainsail trimmer: Bryan Mettraux (SUI) Headsail trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Spare crew: Florian Trüb (SUI) Shore crew João Cabeçadas (POR) David Niklès (SUI) Team Director Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) To find out more tf35.org Hashtags for the events #GoAlinghiGo // #tf35trophy // #tf35 Credit for Photos © Loris von Siebenthal
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
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
OMEGA and ALINGHI celebrate their unique sailing partnership with the launch of an extraordinary new catamaran-inspired Speedmaster. Following their partnership formed in 2019, and as a special tribute to the ALINGHI boats that fly across the water, OMEGA has chosen the Speedmaster. This one-of-a-kind model displays some truly captivating details and is inspired by ALINGHI's unique boat design. The Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI combines the most advanced watchmaking materials and craftsmanship. Most impressive is the watch's Calibre 1865, which can be seen through the skeletonised dial. The laser-ablated movement has been inspired by ALINGHI's TF35 catamaran, and combines a mix of honeycomb and black carbon patterns. The black ceramic timepiece is also notable for its tactical time display at 3 o'clock and the ALINGHI logo at 6 o'clock, which rotates when the chronograph function is used. Much like a winning performance on the water, the stunning new sailing watch is the result of exceptional teamwork. The release of the Speedmaster marks a proud moment for Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA and Ernesto Bertarelli, Founder and President of ALINGHI, as the stylish chronograph beautifully represents the brands' shared values: Swiss precision, innovation and pioneering spirit. As explained by Raynald Aeschlimann, "The new watch is about two great Swiss brands combining their passion for innovation and sailing. To match ALINGHI's state-of-the-art boat creation, we've harnessed some truly impressive technology, along with the best materials and a very original design concept." For the overall colour coding, OMEGA has matched the watch with the ALINGHI logo, which includes red to represent passion, and black for technology. This can be seen through features such as the perforated black and red rubber strap, as well as the 44.25 mm case in black zirconium oxide ceramic. Along with a tachymeter scale in Super-LumiNova, the outward design is also notable for the ALINGHI logo on the stop/start pusher, which has been created in red varnish. Ernesto Bertarelli says, "It's been an immense pleasure to collaborate so closely with OMEGA on this wonderful new timepiece. Throughout our history, we've been very aware of the watchmaker's incredible expertise in sports timekeeping and passion for sailing. So, it is a very special moment to have worked on a watch together and now see the exquisite results. It's the perfect start to our relationship and a real sign of more to come in the future." To find out more about the Speedmaster ALINGHI, click here. Inquiring about The Swiss Connection, click here! #Speedmaster #OMEGA #GoAlinghiGo Photo credits ©Loris Von Siebenthal / ©OMEGA
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.
Due to the current health situation, the organising committee of the GC32 Racing Tour has cancelled the opening round of the 2020 championship. The competition would have been held in Muscat, Oman from March 26 to 29. The team had planned to be there from March 17 and, as such, no member of Alinghi is currently there. The second stage of the GC32 Racing Tour is scheduled for Riva del Garda (Italy) from May 28 to 31. To date, no decision has been made and an assessment of its feasibility to go ahead will be made in due course. Regarding the TF35 Trophy, the second circuit on which Alinghi is competing in 2020, the team is hard at work preparing its new boat, the delivery of which it took early March in Switzerland. In terms of its schedule, the team has been first working on the assembly of the boat and its fittings, wiring the electronics, preparing the automated flight system and more (for those who want to find out more, please see our social media feeds). The rules for this new foiling class allow a possible first launch on April 1st for the eight teams entered on the circuit. The championship should start with a regatta organized by the Société Nautique de Genève from May 21 to 24. Health and safety above all, the programme will be adapted accordingly.
After a GC32 World Champion title at the end of June in Lagos and an 8th D35 Trophy in 16 seasons at the end of September on Lake Geneva, Alinghi finished its sporting season in style by securing the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour in the Gulf of Oman with a win in the final event. From the 6th to the 9th of November, the city of Muscat, located on the Arabian Peninsula, hosted the fifth and final round of the GC32 Racing Tour 2019. The six teams in contention raced in varied conditions, with light air at first changing to stronger breezes and waves, helping to diversify the competition. At the start of this final stage of the Tour, the two rivals, Oman Air and Alinghi, had one and the same goal: to finish in front of the other, whatever their place in the fleet because no other competitor could join them at the top of the ranking. At the end of the 17 races that were completed over four days (including nine won by the team), Alinghi won the event and added a first "GC32 Racing Tour" title to its record, in the wake of the Championship Extreme Sailing Series won in 2018 , also on the GC32. Zoulou and Red Bull Sailing Team completed the podium of this fifth and final round of the season. Overall, Oman Air finished second, followed by Red Bull. Zoulou finished fourth and first in the owner-driver classification. Ernesto Bertarelli, skipper of the D35 and GC32: "I warmly congratulate the team for the work they have done throughout this season, especially at key moments, of which there have been many in recent days. I also congratulate Zoulou, Erik Maris's team, who recorded a nice second place in Oman. "The GC32 Racing Tour is the world's most demanding one-design multihull racing circuit, resulting in intense racing. Every micro-detail counts towards achieving victory and that's what our team is doing every day. "We have won the GC32 Racing Tour 2019, we are the reigning world champions of the discipline and we won our 8th D35 Trophy in 16 seasons on the lake. We've achieved the treble this year and to fulfil our goals...it's fantastic." Arnaud Psarofaghis, co-skipper of the GC32: "To see the final score, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this victory was easy, but everything was still up for grabs this morning. Even being 10 points ahead, you never know what could happen in a regatta, the proof this morning being the contact between Oman Air and Zoulou, with the latter returning to port to be out of the water quickly before their boat took on water. We had to stay attentive and race every moment as if the scoring was tight. "For me, it's the team that makes us win throughout the year. Everybody on the team is important, like David who managed to fix our boat two days ago during the night." Nils Frei, coach: "We have a great team spirit in our group and we have been able to stay focused on key moments. The team is strong technically and mentally, it's essential to go for wins and keep winning." Pierre-Yves Jorand, Team Director: "When the conditions are difficult and the pressure rises, the guys deliver their best game. During the World's at the end of June, or here in Oman, they had no room for error and they sailed superbly. Congratulations to the sailors, the technical team and thank you to all those who support us every day; friends, families, partners, the team that remains at the office and of course a big thank you to Ernesto who makes all this possible. I am already looking forward to the challenges ahead in 2020!" While hoping to go on and achieve even more on the GC32 Racing Tour 2020, to perfect our technique in foiling, the team will be busy these next months preparing for the arrival of its brand new foiler, the TF35, before the launch of the class in the spring of 2020 on Lake Geneva. Click here for all the 2019 rankings. 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 & ©Lloyd Images
The 16th and final season for the Decision 35 had seven events in 2019, but six were enough for Alinghi to register its name on the trophy for the eighth time. In which case, why race in this weekend's closing Grand Prix organised by the Société Nautique de Genève? Ernesto Bertarelli, helmsman: "For this very last test of the D35 as a class – this end of an era – Alinghi's D35 could never stay at the dock with our sailors watching the other teams race! We sailed for the pleasure, tried to win, and trying also not to interfere too much on the ranking of other boats. We met competition stronger than us this weekend with Realteam winning (19 points) and Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier who finished just in front of us, following the tiebreaker system in the event of a tie (23 points each)." Pierre-Yves Jorand, team director and helmsman for the Grand Prix's last day: "Ernesto offered me the D35 helm for this last day of racing. Thanks to him and to the crew who gave me good advice. We cross the finish line of the very last race in the history of the D35 in first position... pure happiness after a port start at the committee boat." A little history... In 2019, 37 races were launched in the D35 Trophy, including two Geneva classics, with the Genève-Rolle-Genève and the Bol d'Or. Since 2004 and the start of the D35 championship, there have been just over 700 validated races, up to 12 one-design multihulls on the same starting line, a series of experienced sailors coming to test their skills, Bol d'Ors regularly won by the D35 in front of all other classes etc., and three teams there from the start to finish: Okalys, Zen and Alinghi. The Decision 35 was born thanks to the will of a group of owners wishing to sail on equal terms on one-design boats, affordable and designed to perform on Lake Geneva. Following the 2003 Bol d'Or and its devastating conditions, the order book for the first eight boats was signed on a piece of tablecloth. Architect Sébastien Schmidt conceived the D35 in close collaboration with experienced sailors and its construction took place during the winter of 2003/2004. After 16 seasons, we can say that the bet has most definitely paid off and wish equal success to the new TF35 class that will take off in 2020. Ernesto Bertarelli, helmsman: "It obviously causes a bit of a pang to think that the D35 championship is coming to an end because it's the last time we've sailed as a fleet on these beautiful boats. This last Grand Prix had a special flavour and I am obviously happy to have won the 2019 championship. What better way than to finish the saga of the D35 with our eighth win in sixteen terrific seasons? That said, the arrival of the TF35 next year promises even more thrills and will keep Lake Geneva racing at the forefront of what is being done in the world of sailing and foiling." Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "I think we're very lucky to have a team that changes very little. We really work together and how we communicate is a huge advantage at our level. We are also sailing and working together outside of the D35, with the GC32. This allows us to see a lot of situations, to sail a lot and, for me, it's the key to us continuing to progress all the time, to question ourselves, to make regattas and to learn from our mistakes." Are we able to decipher the conditions of Lake Geneva? "We still don't get it always right! But in the end, it's a race. We know we're not going to do everything right, we just have to make fewer mistakes than others. Especially when you sail on the lake because the winds are a little more erratic than on the sea. We must try to limit the damage when we make the wrong choice, always push ahead and question yourself." Bryan Mettraux, sail trimmer (who joined Alinghi this season): "This is my 3rd D35 championship win, after 2012 with Realteam and 2015 with Tilt. Both times right in front of Alinghi and both times with Arnaud on board ;-) "The operations are quite similar from one team to another. With the level of knowledge we have of the boat, and that our competitors also have, it's the details that make the difference. When a team wins, it's because they've been better at handling small details in all phases of the race." Next appointments for the team: > Sailing on the TF35 boat zero in October to continue the development work of this new foiler > The last event of the GC32 Racing Tour from 6 to 9 November in Oman where the championship title is at stake! Closing Grand Prix, ranking after 9 races (the worst score being withdrawn): 1st - Realteam Sailing: 19 points 2nd- Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 23 points 3rd - Alinghi: 23 points 2019 D35 Trophy final ranking after 7 events (the worst score being withdrawn): 1st - Alinghi: 9 points 2nd - Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 14 points 3rd – Realteam Sailing: 22 points Click here for all the results To find out more d35trophy.com #GoAlinghiGo #D35Trophy 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 ©Loris Von Siebenthal