Alinghi back in America’s Cup as registration officially opens


Hamish Ross worked for Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi team, after his 2003 Cup victory in Auckland


Hamish Ross worked for Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi team, after his 2003 Cup victory in Auckland

The highly anticipated return of former union champion Alinghi to the America’s Cup appears to be a reality.

Registrations for the next America’s Cup regatta officially opened on Wednesday and Thing understands that Alinghi jumped at the chance to get involved again in the greatest spectacle of yachting.

Team New Zealand confirmed that “several challenges” had been received, but said it was up to the individual teams to publicly announce their intentions.


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“The Defender (RNZYS and Emirates Team New Zealand) have generated very positive initial interest and have already received a number of entries,” said Team New Zealand. Thing in a report.

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“However, in terms of the identities of the challengers, it is up to the teams themselves to announce their individual challenge when they are ready as some wish to remain confidential for now.”

There has been a lot of speculation around a return of the Alinghi team, with suggestions that they could be backed by Formula 1 giant Red Bull Racing, bringing them in line with record challenger Britannia who has Significantly strengthened their powerful partnership with F1 champions Mercedes.

Alinghi’s presence seriously increases the intensity of the 37th edition of the Cup which will take place in a venue that has yet to be announced, with Cork in Ireland, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and a multi-city bid from the Spain on the international shortlist alongside the Auckland fading. hope.

Ernesto Bertarelli had to thank Kiwi yachting stars like Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth for his success at the 2003 America's Cup in Auckland.

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Ernesto Bertarelli had to thank Kiwi yachting stars like Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth for his success at the 2003 America’s Cup in Auckland.

Backed by Swiss billionaire Erenesto Bertarelli, Alinghi won the America’s Cup in his first attempt in 2003 in Auckland.

Bertarelli had plundered the champion crew of Team New Zealand and beat the Kiwis 5-0 in The Match.

They then defended the Auld Mug in Valencia, Spain in 23007, again beating the New Zealand team in the final, this time 5-2.

Alinghi ultimately lost the Cup to Oracle’s Larry Ellison union in 2010 in a Deed of Gift challenge in Valencia featuring huge multihulls.

Bertarelli has kept his team together, proving to be a force in fast catamaran sailing, winning several world titles in foiling boats. This will help him with an America’s Cup sailing team which this time has to adapt to much stricter nationality rules.

Alinghi was looking for a first-generation AC75, the impressive foiling monohull design presented at Auckland 2021 and shortlisted for the next two editions of the Cup.

The teams that challenged Auckland are able to sell their old boats which can be sailed sooner by new unions seeking to catch up on the technology which has taken a further step forward in the protocol and class rule provided for 2024.

Getting entries early helps. The order of entry determines the allocation of the new AC40 yachts that will be used for the Youth and Women’s Trials and America’s Cups, as well as the team bases at the 37th America’s Cup venue.

Only three challengers made it to Auckland and the early interest is a promising sign of a larger fleet for the next edition.

American Magic has confirmed that he remains in the game and Italian challenger Luna Rossa has also indicated that he will be involved.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s British union is at the heart of the planning in its new role as official challenger.


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Signing up is one thing – showing up is another as financial and technical pressures increase in an extremely expensive and competitive game.

Last time around, the vaunted challenges of Malta and the United States never came true.

But Stars + Stripes, who failed to make it to Auckland, can’t wait to be in the game this time around.

Teams have until July 31 of next year to register, although late registrations will be accepted until May 341, 2023 – at an additional cost.

Team New Zealand director of operations Kevin Shoebridge said there had been “very positive initial interest” since the protocol was published on November 17.

“The feedback and interest from potential teams, existing and new, has been very encouraging,” he said.

Aaron Young, commodore of RNZYS, added: “It is certainly a very positive indication and a start to the 37th America’s Cup, which I think is a reflection on all the amazing work that has gone on in the over the past eight months.


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