Alinghi Red Bull Racing gets into training

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Alinghi Red Bull Racing, one of the most famous modern-era syndicates in Cup history, today launched its training vessel, the first ever AC75 that Emirates Team New Zealand used so effectively to prepare for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland. .

Expectations berthed in Barcelona were palpable as the rebranded ‘Alinghi Red Bull Racing’ emerged from its temporary base shed, at the western end of the port, filled with a stunning, fresh new livery and ready for some clue action. high octane. Alceo Bertarelli, son of union founder Ernesto Bertarelli, smashed the usual champagne bottle on the wing as Red Bull sponsored Hazal Nahir, the pioneering Turkish parkour athlete performing tricks on foil arms. The official launch of this last Swiss challenge for the America’s Cup was a breathtaking celebration.

“Today symbolizes the adventure that begins in Barcelona,” commented head coach Nils Frei, “This first generation boat will allow us to acquire precious hours of training before we have our race boat. We are a new team sailing a boat that we are just getting to know, but being able to train already this year is very beneficial.If there is one thing that all the Cup campaigns have in common, it is that you can never make up for lost time. And you can never have enough! The preparations for this launch have given us the opportunity to learn how to work together, and it is so important to be united towards a common goal in an America’s Cup campaign.


Launched as ‘Boat Zero’, the Alinghi Red Bull Racing team’s Barcelona launch is the first AC75 to sail the America’s Cup venue.
Alinghi Red Bull Racing

Having purchased the boat early in the cycle from Emirates Team New Zealand, the Alinghi Red Bull Racing team have been hard at work preparing the AC75 for its maiden sail, scheduled for this week, subject to towing tests. and final security preparations. And to add experience to the Swiss squad, there are two America’s Cup legends in the form of campaign veteran Dean Barker of New Zealand, who made the squad New Zealand winner in 2000 and recently helmsman of American Magic in 2021, as well as Pietro Sibello, finalist with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli in the 2021 Match.

Getting an AC75 in the water and in pristine condition is a lot like the intense, collaborative work undertaken by the top level motor racing teams in Formula 1 with a considerable team of professionals needed to ensure that all the electronics, mechatronics and onboard systems work as sailors would expect. It’s a big operation, requiring coordination and teamwork by trained professionals and the Alinghi Red Bull Racing team have been working around the clock to bring their magnificent AC75 to this point.

“The launch was a big milestone for us, made possible by the coordination of the entire team,” commented Tim Hacket, Shore Manager for Alinghi Red Bull Racing. “We had to find our bearings in a new city with new colleagues and buying a boat on which we had not worked before required many hours of adaptation. All these hours are learning experiences that will be useful to BoatZero. Now that the boat is in the water, we still have several checks to do before we can sail in a few days.

The Alinghi Red Bull Racing team is now in place at their temporary base in Marina Barcelona adjacent to the W Hotel to the west of the superyacht harbor and will conduct an intensive training program under the watchful eyes of senior members of the team as talented young Swiss sailors are put to the test. Learning will be key as Pietro Sibello, Sailing Team Advisor, said: “Managing an AC75 is an important part of an America’s Cup project. You have to respect each step despite the excitement. Being part of this team and being able to pass on our knowledge, alongside Dean Barker, means a lot to me. We have complementary experiences as we come from different teams, and that will allow us to get the best out of everyone and then pass it on to the young and talented crew at Alinghi Red Bull Racing.

Alinghi Red Bull Racing skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis will steer the boat through the permitted training period and the crew will be replaced as the program progresses. Analyzing performance across the board will be key and the eyes of the Cup world will be watching how this new team develops. “BoatZero will allow us to acquire the necessary experience on the AC75. Despite the satisfaction of today’s festivities, we are aware that there is still a lot of work to be done to catch up with the level of the teams that competed in the 36th America’s Cup. But today has given us the energy to focus on the next step: sailing”, commented Silvio Arrivabene, co-managing director and head of technical operations.

The Alinghi Red Bull Sailing team launches its converted AC75 to begin training on the foiling monohull ahead of the 37th America’s Cup.
Alinghi Red Bull Racing

Grant Dalton, CEO of the America’s Cup Event, welcomed the Alinghi Red Bull Racing team to Barcelona: “The fact that we already have a team based in Barcelona already sailing here just four months after the location was announced is a true indication of what the 37th America’s Cup is going to be like in Barcelona. So, all the credit goes to the Alinghi Red Bull Racing team, it is to the extent of this highly professional team that they started their campaign and take advantage of every opportunity to sail aboard their AC75 as allowed a new competitor who did not sail in AC36 in the America’s Cup protocol. You can never underestimate the Swiss and it is certain that the teams will be watching their progress through the Joint Recognition Program, unique to this Cup cycle, with great interest.

Speaking just before the first days of sailing, Grant Dalton added: “It will be great to see the Cup boats return to sailing in European waters but particularly in Barcelona and we have to recognize the huge contribution and spirit collaboration that the Port of Barcelona have shown they get to this point in record time.We wish Alinghi Red Bull Racing every success as they embark on their journey into the 37th America’s Cup.

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