News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Alinghi announces imminent build of multi-hull

Alinghi announces imminent build of multi-hull

Copyright © / Alinghi
Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, today announced it is back to sailing pending the outcome of the legal situation in New York. The Swiss team confirmed at a press conference in Valencia that it is getting ready to start building the Deed of Gift Match multi-hull boat. It also kicked off its 2008 sailing programme, focusing on multi-hull racing, and announced several new team members.

'Today we have a way forward: Ernesto [Bertarelli] has committed to building this multi-hull and as long as we can get the pending issues resolved by the New York courts – including a race date in 2009 – we’ll be sailing in a huge multi-hull against BMW Oracle, which is something pretty exciting,' said Brad Butterworth, team skipper and tactician. 'We retained most of the sailors that we had from the last America’s Cup – obviously with a slight downsize as we were planning on sailing just one 90 footer – and now that we are in a multi-hull challenge, we have new people joining with experience in this area. Alain Gautier for example is helping us and we have Nicolas Texier and Jan Dekker both who have lots of depth.'

'We have a really good sailing plan for this summer that will keep the guys racing, the Mediterranean season is about to crank up. We have the VX40s in Valencia and will be racing the iShares Cup and the D35s on Lake Geneva for the Julius Baer Challenge. This we will supplement with some big boat sailing with Neville Crichton on Alfa Romeo and with Dan Meyer’s on Numbers. There’s going to be some good racing.'

The first regatta is the Grand Prix Chopard (2-4 May) in Geneva onboard the D35.

New team members
Several new team members have joined Alinghi since its successful defence of the America’s Cup in July 2007. John ‘JB’ Barnitt (USA), who was with the team during the 31st campaign and rejoined in January this year as sports director, and Alain Gautier, the French multi-hull sailor, who is consulting and coaching the team on the ORMA60 Foncia, have joined the sailing team.

Next door in the design office there are many more new faces, including America’s Cup veteran Tom Schnackenberg (NZL); Silvio Arrivabene (ITA), construction and planning manager; Daniele Costantini (ITA), load and strain measurement engineer; Andrew Mason (AUS), velocity prediction programmer andengineer consultancy services; Daniel Bernasconi (GBR), software performance and prediction engineer and Andreas Winistoerfer (SUI),rig designer and composite rigging expert (go to for team profiles).

With the addition of these new recruits, Alinghi remains a truly multinational squad, with more than 20 nationalities represented.

Alinghi’s design team coordinator, Grant Simmer, explained where the Defender stands in terms of preparations for a multi-hull Deed of Gift Match: 'This challenge is obviously very different to what most of us in the Alinghi design office are used to – bar Dirk Kramers who was involved in the 88 Stars & Stripes campaign – but we are looking at building a big beast of a boat and the loads are off the scale compared to most of the boats we've been involved with.'

He adds: 'The engineering people are both concerned and excited about what they are doing – obviously from a naval architecture point of view; this is an extremely fast and exciting boat.' With a look forward at the upcoming season, Grant said: 'We are saying that we are getting ready to do this DOG match; we are working towards the DOG match; this is who is going to be in the team with us and this is roughly our schedule to get it done.'

The team is preparing to start the build process in Switzerland.

   Copyright ©?nid=43812_- Alinghi

by Daphne Morgan Barnicoat


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

9:32 PM Thu 24 Apr 2008 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,

America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell,,

Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland

2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul

Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/,

Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England

IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT