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FROM ALINGHI to ALINGHI RED BULL RACING

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, two GC32 Racing Tour championships and a GC32 World champion title.
In 2022, Alinghi and Red Bull join forces to create a new team setting out to conquer the 37th America's Cup: Alinghi Red Bull Racing.

  • 31st AMERICA'S CUP WINNER
  • 32nd AMERICA'S CUP WINNER
  • 7 TIMES BOL D'OR WINNER
  • 8 TIMES DECISION 35 TROPHY WINNER
  • 4 TIMES EXTREME SAILING SERIES WINNER
  • GC32 WORLD CHAMPION IN 2019
  • WINNER OF THE GC32 RACING TOUR 2019 & 2021

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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 2022, Alinghi becomes Alinghi Red Bull Racing, setting out to conquer the 37th America's Cup (Autumn 2024 in Barcelona). Part of its sportive preparation, the new team is lining up on two foiling one-design multihull circuits: the TF35 Trophy and the GC32 Racing Tour.

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TUDOR x Alinghi Red Bull Racing, and AC75 BoatZero acquired

28 March, 2022

Swiss watch brand TUDOR becomes the Main Partner of Alinghi Red Bull Racing in its quest for the 37th America's Cup, which sets sail in 2024. The Swiss-based team has also secured 'BoatZero' for training later this year. The countdown is on! With one of the most dynamic names in the history of the America's Cup – Alinghi – returning to battle for sailing's pinnacle honor in a partnership with Red Bull, it's time for a new perspective. And TUDOR is sharing the vision. The Alinghi Red Bull Racing's newly announced collaboration with Tudor is well synchronized: both the watch manufacturer and the team are dedicated to precision in their engineering and workmanship, and both are built on a legacy of innovation and success. The America's Cup is an epic spectacle and the most important sailing event in the world. And while its Auld Mug is the oldest trophy in international sport, for each new edition the world's top teams develop fresh breakthroughs in advanced technology. TUDOR is rich in sporting heritage, creating cutting-edge, robust timepieces that are also timeless and stylish. The Geneva-based company has produced diving and sports models for decades and understands what's needed in a watch when the seas get rough. Pointing out that Alinghi Red Bull Racing is based near Lausanne in Écublens, Tudor CEO Éric Pirson said: "TUDOR has a history of producing high-quality, precision timepieces for generations in Switzerland, and is renowned for its collaborations in the sporting world, with ambassadors such as David Beckham, big wave surfer Nic Von Rupp, free diving World Champion Morgan Bourc'his or the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. Alinghi Red Bull Racing being a Swiss team with a Swiss boat, we feel it is a natural fit for us, a Swiss company, to join forces and we are proud to see our watches sailing with the team." Silvio Arrivabene, Alinghi Red Bull Racing's Co-General Manager – Head of Technical Operations, added: "It is time for progression. For us as a team, TUDOR combines tradition, progression and innovation. As our main partner they will inspire us to be accurate, reliable and produce excellent results on and off the water. Our team is proud to wear the TUDOR watches on the wrist as we challenge for the 37th America's Cup." To prepare for the challenge ahead, Alinghi Red Bull Racing has acquired 'BoatZero' as a training boat. Formerly known as 'Te Aihe' and previously owned by Emirates Team New Zealand, it was the first AC75 ever to touch water. 'BoatZero' will be the team's primary training boat and will offer Alinghi Red Bull Racing the best start possible for the challenges ahead. In July the team will sail 'BoatZero' when the exclusive training window of 20 sailing days opens for new teams entering the 37th America's Cup. Arrivabene added: "This solid platform will enable us to progress to the next steps with more ease and ensure we achieve our upcoming goals." Keep up to date with Alinghi Red Bull Racing and TUDOR at alinghiredbullracing.com and tudorwatch.com For media inquiries, contact: media@alinghiredbullracing.com  //  christophe.chevalier@tudorwatch.com Credit: Alinghi Red Bull Racing

Alinghi Red Bull Racing launches bid for 37th America's Cup

14 December, 2021

A new team will be challenging for the next America's Cup, as Red Bull joins forces with double America's Cup–winning syndicate Alinghi in a campaign for the oldest trophy in international sport. Alinghi founder Ernesto Bertarelli and two-time Olympic champion Hans-Peter Steinacher announced the launch of the new Alinghi Red Bull Racing and presented its logo at the Société Nautique de Genève, the yacht club the team will represent. Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner also participated live via satellite. After an absence of over a decade, one of the most dynamic names in the history of the America's Cup, Alinghi, is returning to battle for sailing's pinnacle honour, and this time the twice consecutive–winning syndicate is partnered by a driving force in global sport, Red Bull. Sailing under the flag of the Société Nautique de Genève, Alinghi Red Bull Racing begins preparations immediately to race as an official challenger when the Selection Series for the 37th America's Cup begins in 2024. "While keeping the winning spirit that has always animated Alinghi, we want for this challenge to do something totally different, totally new, totally fresh," said Alinghi founder Ernesto Bertarelli. "When we imagined with Dietrich Mateschitz the involvement of Red Bull in the America's Cup, he said: Our way is not to get into the sport as sponsors, but to blend into the team, to form a true partnership, to nurture young athletes and turn them into the best in their field. He also proposed that we should make contributions to give the America's Cup itself a new dimension." Bertarelli continued, "With Red Bull we are equal partners in this venture. They will bring their competence, energy and strength in creating performing teams, and we bring our experience in sailing and winning the America's Cup. Alinghi Red Bull Racing will shine a new light on the event." Alinghi and Red Bull have long been friendly rivals in series such as the GC32 Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series. Having shared this mutual respect and admiration, Hans-Peter Steinacher, a two-time Olympic champion in the Tornado Class and Austria's most successful summer sport athlete, is enthusiastic about the new partnership. "The America's Cup is – and by volumes – the most important sailing event in the world," said the sailing legend, who has been a leading presence in developing the next generation of sailors as co-founder of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup and Red Bull Foiling Generation. "Alinghi's experience and team spirit are unique in the sport of sailing. All of Red Bull is behind this project, and I doubt it could have been done with another team." In partnering with Alinghi, Red Bull also brings the expertise of the Red Bull Advanced Technologies unit that has supported Red Bull Racing in achieving a total of five Formula One Drivers' Championships – including the thrilling triumph just secured by Max Verstappen in the last lap of 2021 – as well as four F1 Constructors' Championships. Fresh from the Formula One final and speaking live via satellite, Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner – himself a game-changer in motorsports – said, "We welcome Alinghi Red Bull Racing to the World of Red Bull, and our F1 team is looking forward to helping this new member of our family to succeed. Red Bull Advanced Technologies is a world-class technology center that offers services to different entities including other sports, born out of the innovative, technical expertise we've generated throughout our years in F1. Red Bull Advanced Technologies will establish synergies with Alinghi Red Bull Racing. We will share our experiences, engineering tips, etc. It is a two-way cooperation." Brad Butterworth, four-time winner of the America's Cup, commented, "I have been with Alinghi for 20 years now, and getting into this new challenge with Red Bull is very exciting. The America's Cup is a technology race which is won on the water with race strategy and tactics. Red Bull has demonstrated that time and time again in F1 and in many of the other sports it competes in." Among the teams that Alinghi Red Bull Racing will prepare to face are the defender, four-time America's Cup winner Emirates Team New Zealand, as well as the challenger of record, INEOS Britannia. Because the entry period opened only at the beginning of December, sailing enthusiasts can expect the announcement of additional challengers to extend over the next weeks and months. In conjunction with the America's Cup, Alinghi Red Bull Racing will also field teams in the debut of the Women's America's Cup Regatta, as well as in the return of the Youth America's Cup. "Growing the sport and its sailors has always been an important focus for both Red Bull and Alinghi. So Alinghi Red Bull Racing's commitment to these regattas is strong, and I think it's going to be inspiring to see these talents in action," said Steinacher. Alinghi Red Bull Racing will headquarter its operations near Lausanne, in Écublens, Switzerland, where the hull will be built according to the requirement of the Deed of Gift, the governing document of the America's Cup. A core crew led by Alinghi's GC32 co-skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis and mainsail trimmer Bryan Mettraux will begin training during the winter period to prepare a 100% Swiss Made crew. Keep up to date with Alinghi Red Bull Racing at the team's official webpage, www.alinghiredbullracing.com. For media inquiries, contact: media@alinghiredbullracing.com Credit: Samo Vidic and Dean Treml for Red Bull Content Pool

A victory in the event and a title defended in the GC32 class

7 November, 2021

A double for Alinghi, who won the last event on the circuit and defended their title of Champion of the GC32 Racing Tour, earned for the very first time in 2019 (a fallow year in 2020). From November 4 to 7, the Mar Menor (Spain) welcomed the fleet of 32-foot foilers for their last meeting of the year. Ten races were validated under various conditions. The standings were tight until the 7th, after which Alinghi took off. The Swiss team, Black Star, and the Austrians from Red Bull completed the podium of the event. In the annual general classification, Red Bull takes 2nd place, with Black Star 3rd. Zoulou, led by Erik Maris, was 4th and wins the "owner driver" classification. Ernesto Bertarelli: "Well done the team! I am delighted with this new championship victory. This confirms the title won in 2019 and shows our level and commitment. "Congratulations to all the other teams who gave us more and more problems. I also pay special attention to Erik Maris, the only owner driver to have entered all races this year and who has even won a few! "Our sporting season is coming to an end. 2021 also marked the official launch of the TF35 Trophy, run over seven events on Lake Geneva and at sea, and I am already looking forward to the 2022 season." Arnaud Psarofaghis: "Our goal was to win the GC32 season, as well as every event. We finished second in one of the regattas, tied on points with the first, Red Bull, last September, so overall we can be satisfied. "We have been consistent at the top of the table, patient when needed and the team knows how to come out on top at key moments. We also have the advantage of a close-knit team, which has worked together for a long time and is competent in all areas. "Here at Mar Menor, I loved the third windy day. We didn't start off very well, but by winning the last two heats we took the advantage at a decisive moment. This is the result of hard work over the course of several years." Nils Frei: "The team raced very well technically and tactically. After savouring this new victory, we will work again to find improvements. When you win, it's important not to rest on your laurels. "After we dominated the first regatta in Lagos, the other teams kept maturing and at the end of the season each team could win heats under their preferred conditions. One of our strengths is versatility and we look forward to focusing on continuing to improve." By the time the championships resume in 2022, and with hope that other teams join those already competing, the team will train in GC32 and fine-tune the optimisation of the TF35...without forgetting to hit a few ski slopes ;-) General classification after 10 races - GC32 Mar Menor Cup (4th and last round of the annual championship) 1st - Alinghi: 20 points 2nd - Black Star Sailing Team: 27 points 3rd - Red Bull Sailing Team: 28 points 4th - Zoulou: 38 points 5th - Team Rockwool Racing: 42 points 6th - Argo: 55 points   Extract from the 2021 GC32 Racing Tour overall results after four regattas 1st - Alinghi: 5 points 2nd - Red Bull Sailing Team: 10 points 3rd - Black Star Sailing Team: 12 points 4th and 1st owner driver - Zoulou: 18 points ... Click here for the full results.   Options to review the racing modeled in 2D thanks to the gps tracker placed on each boat from the first to the fourth days of competition: Tractrac website, or via these free apps (click here for an Iphone, or here for an Android). To find out more gc32racingtour.com To learn more about the race monitoring system, the team composition and the GC32 Racing Tour in general, a summary of the event is here. #GoAlinghiGo  //  GC32racingtour Credit for photos © Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour 2021

In Second, Alinghi takes stock of the 2021 TF35 Trophy

26 September, 2021

The seventh and last stage of the 2021 TF35 Trophy, the #2 Scarlino Grand Prix today marked the end of the very first season of this new class of foilers in Italy. Second behind Realteam, both this week and overall for the season, Ernesto Bertarelli's team ended this championship on two good notes: Alinghi won the first grand prix at the beginning of May, and won the season's last race. Spindrift made up the rest of the Grand Prix's podium and the TF35 Trophy. Ernesto Bertarelli: "It was another great weekend of competition. Spindrift has come a long way, but Realteam remains the team to beat. These boats are very demanding and it's positive to see the teams perform after such a short time on the TF35s. I look forward to welcoming an eighth crew next year. In a circuit of boats over 30 feet foiling upwind, racing with eight is already a substantial fleet and I think twelve would be the maximum. The boats will be improved by next year, which is why we have just decided not to race this winter in order to have time to work in the yard." Second behind the team to beat: Realteam! Jérôme Clerc and his team recorded an almost perfect score around the marks. Winner of four out of five Grand Prix this season, Realteam has set the bar high. Thanks to the team's work on shore and on the water, Alinghi fought to the end, but finished three points behind in the annual championship. Nils Frei: "The Realteam crew sailed very well all year. Solid, they had excellent starts and were very hard to pass. We have the potential to beat them and know what we must work on, but this year they were better! We had a lot of fun sailing here in Scarlino, although we are still in the development phase on the boat." A windy Grand Prix to close the season Six teams competed in Scarlino's second Grand Prix, with Zen Too unable to compete due to technical issues. The race committee was sensible and made reasoned decisions to preserve the boats. This Sunday, no race was launched because of wind that was too strong. Nicolas Charbonnier: "There is obviously some disappointment in finishing second, given we invested a lot of time and energy this season. We have been very consistent throughout the championship and will carefully analyse what we can improve upon to come back stronger next year, including manoeuvres, speed, starts, and tactics. It is the combination of a series of details that will make the difference." Positive results for the first season of TF35 After a short test event in 2020, the seven crews of the TF35 Trophy have raced as a fleet for real this season. And like any class launch, the progression curve is huge. Pierre-Yves Jorand: "It was a wonderful first season for the TF35! We had varied conditions on Lake Geneva and at sea, and the boats showed good performance. Even on the two long distance runs in light airs. Now it's time for the development of the flight software and sails, the reinforcement of certain parts and we are already delighted to see eight TF35s line up in the spring of 2022 with the arrival of an Italian team." Valuable learning for 2022 After five Grand Prix and two long distance races, the team members will take stock after the first 100% foiling season. Between the GC32 and TF35, it's been a year full of flying! It is now time for debriefing and to look to progress next year. Arnaud Psarofaghis: "We still have work to do to get a good handle on the boat, especially on-board operation and manoeuvring. By also improving the system and the software that control the foiling I think it will be possible to do a "dry lap" (doing the entire race while flying "dry" from start to finish, without even touching water in the manoeuvres. To this day, tacks are not foiling ones). This winter, we will continue to analyse our performance and that of our opponents. We will also try to simplify the processes as much as possible." Bryan Mettraux: "We have been very lucky with the weather conditions this season, from the training sessions in March before the first TF35 Trophy races, to these events at the Marina di Scarlino in Italy in open and salt water. It was very interesting to sail in the sea. These boats were designed primarily for light air on the lake, but future developments will make them more reliable even in medium wind and wave." David Niklès & João Cabeçadas: "This winter the class will make some changes to the foils, especially the flaps. In strong winds and waves, like here in Italy, they need to be reinforced. We will also work with the class on a number of other improvements. From Alinghi's perspective, while respecting the monotype rules of this class, we will also try to optimise our boat to be faster than our rivals!" A memory of this very first TF35 Trophy? Ernesto Bertarelli: "The successful launch of a class of boats that foil upwind and downwind and that can be steered by passionate sailing owners. Thrills are guaranteed and sailing is very likely to be challenging!" Florian Trüb: "The start of the Genève-Rolle-Genève, when we almost capsized a minute after crossing the line!" Nicolas Charbonnier: "When I was at the top of the mast to observe the wind during the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, and the boat started to foil. A first!" Arnaud Psarofaghis: "The progress that we will have made throughout this first season and the solutions found to accelerate this new class." Pierre-Yves Jorand + Nils Frei + Bryan Mettraux: "The arrival in the Bol d'Or Mirabaud at night, with the seven TF35s flying shoulder to shoulder around Yvoire in Geneva." While the TF35 returns to Switzerland for its winter break, there is still one event in the team's 2021 calendar: The last stage of the GC32 Racing Tour, in early November in San Pedro del Piñatar (Mar Menor, Spain). Summary of the rankings of the Grand Prix of Scarlino #2 after nine races (the worst score being withdrawn from four rounds validated): 1st - Realteam: 10 points 2nd - Alinghi: 18 points 3rd - Spindrift: 19 points ... Final general classification of the TF35 Trophy 2021 after seven events (NB: from four validated events, the worst score is removed / The results of the two long races add up to form only one event): 1st - Realteam: 6 points 2nd - Alinghi: 9 points 3rd - Spindrift: 16 points 4th - Ylliam XII: 21 points 5th - Zulu: 22 points 6th - SailFever: 22 points 7th - Zen Too: 31 points Click here for the full classification. 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 & Lloydimages