In victory, as in defeat, it's important to keep a sense of perspective and to have an honest appraisal of one's performance. It is in that spirit that the team's result in the l'Open du Yacht Club must be viewed. The regatta, which marked the resumption of the second half of the D35 Season, saw Alinghi finish 9th out of 9 after the four races run, with a strong wind having deprived the fleet of the remaining races in the regatta. Without seeking excuses, here are some explanations: Ernesto Bertarelli, skipper: "Following Nils's injury last week in Cardiff, we had to reshape our D35 crew. Arnaud went from the mainsail to the foresail to replace Nils, and Pierre-Yves joined us to trim the mainsail. With two changes of position among a crew of six there's inevitably a period of adaptation required, not least for team communications to be refined. That's all-the-more impactful when you have windy conditions as we had in this Grand Prix. We made mistakes which we'd not normally make and with a fleet this compact and competitive, errors like that really are expensive. We made too many of them and given how few races there were, we couldn't get back into the game. I'd like to congratulate the Zen Too crew who won this stage having again demonstrated their ability in a strong breeze." Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "In two races we made a mistake by sailing too close to our opponents and the jury penalised us with enforced turns. So, in the space of a few seconds, we found ourselves at the back of the fleet with no real possibility of making-up the ground, especially given the similar boat speed in this kind of wind conditions. Our starts weren't great, either, but we'll work on those this week to come back stronger in a few days." With two events to go in the 2018 D35 Championship Alinghi retains the lead, followed by Zen Too and Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier. The team looks forward to having you follow their progress next weekend for the "Alinghi Grand Prix", which will be raced in front of Crans-près-Céligny from the 7th to the 9th of September. Click here for the rankings 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
By winning the last Grand Prix of the season in the waters of the Société Nautique de Genève, Alinghi completed a seventh victory from the eight stages of this year’s D35 Trophy, meaning that the team have now won the competition six times. From May to September, the results in the six 'Grand Prix' were dominant and the key. As for the two long races that make-up the season, Alinghi won the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, but couldn’t complete the set in the Genève-Rolle-Genève, which was won by just a second by deserved winners Swisscom in June. In the overall standings for the season, Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier rose to second place on the podium, with Zen Too taking the final spot in third. Click here to view the feedback (in French) from each member of the team having returned to the SNG pontoons. In the opinion of all, the two best memories of this D35 season will remain the windy and exciting conditions for the 2017 Bol d'Or, which made for a victory in just 5hrs’11, as well as yesterday in the regatta, which saw Alinghi record a formidable scorecard (five wins in five races). We are already looking forward to competing in the 15th season of the D35 in 2018, but before then the team will meet you in San Diego from the 19th to the 22nd of October for Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series, which concludes in Los Cabos (Mexico) at the beginning of December. Closing Grand Prix in SNG - Overall standings after six races (the worst score being discarded) : 1 - Alinghi: 5 points 2 - Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 16 points 3 - Realteam: 20 points 2017 D35 Trophy overall ranking after eight stages (the worst score being discarded): 1 - Alinghi: 7 points 2 - Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 21 points 3 - Zen Too: 22 points To find out more d35trophy.com Hashtags for the event #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. Photo credits: Loris von Siebenthal
Alinghi had a faultless day on this, the opening of last D35 Grand Prix of the season – with five wins from the day’s five races, it was impossible to have had better results and Ernesto Bertarelli, who was at the helm, could not wished for a better birthday! Nicolas Charbonnier, the team’s tactician, was delighted: "It is certainly fair to say that we have had a great day. We had to wait for the wind for a while, but eventually we were able to race in 7-10 knots breeze all afternoon. Our starts were good throughout, with us sailing on the right side of the course every time. In addition to that, we had a great speed, with everyone working well together onboard. It was an ideal day, the sort you dream of when you get up in the morning to race." Nils Frei, the headsail trimmer, was also very pleased with the day’s racing: "We had conditions that were unexpectedly good. The weather forecast was rather unfavourable, but then we got a nice Séchard that was not really predicted. In the end, the conditions were perfect. We sailed under code zero (the larger of the two upwind sails), and « flew » (sailed with only one hull touching the water) all along. We managed to get the boat really going by finding the right balance between the front and the rear." For the end-of-day video recap with Nico and Nils (in French), just click here. The denouement of this, the eighth and final stage of the D35 Trophy, will take place tomorrow between 11h30 and 16h30 on the lake opposite the Société Nautique de Genève. Closing Grand Prix in SNG - Overall standings after five races (the worst score being discarded) : 1 - Alinghi: 4 points 2 - Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 10 points 3 - Mobimo: 17 points 4 - Realteam: 18 points 5 - Swisscom: 19 points 6 - Okalys: 20 points 7 - Racing Django: 21 points 8 - Zen Too: 23 points 9 - Phaedo2 : 32 points To find out more d35trophy.com Hashtags for the event #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. Photo credits: Loris von Siebenthal
After over four hours of racing in the Genève-Rolle-Genève, many of which saw the team leading the fleet, Alinghi had to settle for fourth place in today’s sprint up the lake and back. Off the start, Team Tilt and Zen headed for the Swiss shore and took the lead, but we gybe’d twice towards the centre of the lake to catch the building wind. By the time the team reached Dully, Alinghi had passed the two leaders and struck out for the front. The lead was maintained as the mark in Rolle was rounded and it was looking good. However, after rounding that turning mark, and with the fleet heading towards the French shore, things got more complicated, with clouds building overhead as the boats approached Nyon, with shifting winds making it very close. Approaching Versoix, Alinghi led on the Swiss side, but as the lake narrowed the fleet converged. Still, the team maintained the lead until a series of pulsing breezes made the 1-2-3 change time after time, keeping the fleet packed. So close were the boats that only just over a minute separated them all at the finish line, with Alinghi having to settle for fourth. A great day of racing…
A storming performance on Day 2 of racing on Lake Geneva - in good conditions - saw Alinghi take home the Open du Yacht Club Genève and move closer to the top of the overall leaderboard in the D35 Championnat. With three races sailed on Day 1, of which Ernesto Bertarelli's team won one, the final result was very much up in the air as the fleet gathered on the Lake on a fine Sunday, with winds of nine knots greeting the teams. The committee eventually called time on sailing after four races had been run and, nailing their roles, both individually and as a unit, Alinghi managed to win all but one. It was a fantastic day for the team, who were all delighted with the performance and with the fact that they are now breathing down Team Tilt's neck in the competition for the championship. Next week-end, the teams will meet again on the waters of Crans-près-Céligny for the Grand-Prix Alinghi where the atmosphere should be at the Rendez-vous on the water and on land with a concert of the Time Machine planed on Saturday evening under the tent built on purpose in front of the club! Allez Alinghi!
Today started with some delay due to the lack of wind. Finally three races were sailed. Alinghi winning the first one of them. Only four points behind Team Tilt tonight Alinghi will start racing again tomorrow at 11:30am in front of the shores of Cologny.
After the storms and thunderstorms of last night on and around lake Geneva, the same was looking more like a mirror than anything else this morning. The team suffered from the absence of its trimmer Nils Frei who suffered from a knee infection that kept him on shore for the rest of the week-end. Called on last minute, long time team member Andrew Graham jumped on board after the doctors call to keep Nils at the very last minute. After a risky start towards the shores of "le Vengeron" Alinghi had to fight hard to stay in contact with the rest of the fleet. The Rolle marks proved to be a nightmare to turn, as there was literally no wind in front of the castle and the wine yards. Alinghi chose to return to Geneva sticking to the French coast, which proved to be the good option as the team managed to take over more than ten boats on the way back to Geneva finishing third of the D35 and 4th at the overall ranking. It's never over until it is over! A game of patience and passion for the whole crew on board who will start again racing tomorrow in Versoix for the second day of the Versoix GP II where they currently hold the second position. Enjoy the pictures of the day!
Alinghi wins the Geneva-Rolle-Geneva classic regatta after 4h52min of close combat against Realstone. The gun was fired at 13:00 in Vesenaz, in front of La Tour Carrée, by the Yacht Club of Geneva in very light wind conditions. Alinghi was in the leading group since the very beginning with some very close followers, Realstone and Zen too. After 3:15min of racing, Realstone passed the first mark in front of Rolle two boat lengths ahead of Alinghi, but after a successful jibe battle in front of the Ile de la Harpe, Alinghi was back in the leading position at the second mark located right in front of the Harbor of Rolle. A light breeze pushed then the D-35 fleet back towards Geneva, not far ahead of the first M2. Alinghi crossed the finish line first with Ernesto Bertarelli at the Helm, Nicolas Charbonnier at the Tactic, Pierre-Yves Jorand at the Mainsail, Coraline Jonet & Nils Frei at the Trim, Yves Detrey at the Bow. Sailing continues tomorrow at the Club Nautique de Versoix at 11:30am for 6 races max. The forecast is for little wind again and a very hot day… Let’s bet that the D-35 fleet will battle hard again on the water. Geneva-Rolle-Geneva Results: Alinghi Realstone Mobimo Team Tilt Zen Too LadyCat Powered by Spindrift Racing Veltigroup Okalys Oryx Yliiam Comptoir Immobilier