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A LOOK AT THE PRESENT PRESENT The 33rd America’s Cup will be a rare Deed of Gift Match brought about by BMW Oracle’s hostile challenge as opposed to the more common mutual consent events, such as the 32nd America’s Cup, which lasted three years with 13 Acts around Europe and a finale in Valencia, Spain, declared by pundits to be the greatest Cup Match of all time. The 33rd race for sport’s oldest trophy will be a best of three: the first a 20nm race to windward and back; the second a 39nm equilateral triangle and the third, if necessary, another 20nm sprint up and back. Alinghi moved its operation from Europe to its chosen venue for the event (one of the rights of the Defender under the Deed of Gift is to chose the venue) and has been sailing out of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates since the beginning of October 2009. The emirate was chosen for its ideal weather conditions for a match in February, for its infrastructure and for the wider country’s experience in hosting world-class sporting events. The litigious aspect of the 33rd edition has been widely reported. On its eighth lawsuit the Challenger continues to pursue its legal campaign to win the Cup in the New York courts rather than on the water where it has failed at every attempt since the team’s inception in 2000. The Defender is currently fending off the Challenger’s attempt to remove the SNG’s fundamental right to select the venue which it has succeeded in forcing through the New York Supreme Court; a decision currently under appeal. SNG’s position is clear: it has the right to choose the venue and to define the rules. Alinghi chose Ras Al Khaimah. Ras Al Khaimah in February 2010 is the literal reading of Justice Cahn’s court order of 12 May 2008 (upheld by the Court of Appeals in April 2009). If the Appellate Division now decides that Deed of Gift compliance supersedes everything else, then Alinghi has declared it would support Ras Al Khaimah for a May Match. If the Defender loses the appeal, then the Match will be in Valencia (the default venue) starting on the 8 February 2010. The team meanwhile is focused on testing and training on its giant 90ft catamaran, Alinghi 5, trying different configurations for maximum optimisation. The catamaran has a beam equal to the width of two tennis courts set side by side and a canting mast that towers over 17 stories high withstanding the equivalent of 50 SUVs of compression on a foundation the size of a tennis ball. The gennaker is one of the three biggest in the world measuring a whopping 1,100m2. Team president Ernesto Bertarelli is most often found at the helm and sport remains at the heart of day to day activities, “I am 100% committed to fighting for the 33rd America’s Cup on the water and to defending our title again,” says Bertarelli.

(The boat was launched on the 8 July 2009 and underwent its maiden sail on 20 July on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Shortly after that, it was air-lifted to a temporary training base in Genoa, Italy, for sea trials before being shipped to Ras Al Khaimah, where it arrived on 30 September.) NB: for more detailed information on the legal battle to defend the SNG’s rights as per the Deed of Gift, please reference the Backgrounder also included in the press kit folder. Alternatively, you will find it on at this address:


A ONE SECOND AMERICA’S AMERICA’S CUP VICTORY: VICTORY: 3 JULY 2007 Alinghi won the 32nd America’s Cup 5-2 against old rivals Emirates Team New Zealand in Valencia on the 3 July 2007 after one of the most thrilling match races of all time. The final and deciding match was won by just one second! This put Switzerland and Alinghi firmly in the history books, along with the USA and New Zealand, as a multiple America’s Cup winner. The 32nd America’s Cup, run as per the new model laid out by Ernesto Bertarelli, was widely acclaimed to be the greatest sailing spectacle ever. With four years of competition including preliminary Acts and 12 teams from five continents, plus more than 6.4 million spectators and over 4.2 billion TV viewers, the event ended up distributing substantial benefits to all the competing teams. THE VERY EARLY DAYS Alinghi, created in 2000, won the 31st America’s Cup in Auckland for the first time in a staggering 5-0 victory against Team New Zealand on 2 March 2003. The Cup was returned to Europe for the first time since the inaugural race in 1851.



10 November: SNG issues the Notice of Race for the 33rd America’s Cup 16 October: Alinghi 5 sails on Emirati waters for the first time 30 September: After a 12 day, 4,400nm voyage, Alinghi 5 arrives at the 33rd America’s Cup Venue in the Emirates 18 September: Alinghi 5 and its entourage departs Genoa, Italy, bound for Ras Al Khaimah, UAE 7 August: Alinghi 5 is flown by helicopter from Lake Geneva to Genoa, Italy, for sea trials 6 August: SNG publishes the Measurement Procedures for the 33rd America’s Cup 4 August: SNG announces Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, as the venue for the 33rd America’s Cup due to the ideal sea breeze conditions and the excellent infrastructure planned for the event 1 August: Alinghi 5 celebrates Swiss National Day on Lake Geneva with over 10,000 fans 20 July: Alinghi 5 sails for the first time on Lake Geneva 8 July: Alinghi 5, Alinghi’s giant catamaran is launched on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. This boat represents the team’s first step in the development process towards the 33rd America’s Cup


3 July: Alinghi wins the 32nd America’s Cup 5-2 against Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) April-June: Louis Vuitton Cup, Valencia, Spain 3-7 April: Louis Vuitton Act 13. The last time Alinghi meets the challengers before the America’s Cup Match 1 April: America’s Cup racing yachts unveiling ceremony 17 March: SUI100 launch, Valencia, Spain


30 August-17 September: SUI06 Swiss Roadshow welcomes 70,000 visitors 22 June-2 July: Louis Vuitton Act 12. Alinghi ranked 2nd after ETNZ 11-21 May: Louis Vuitton Act 10 (Alinghi 4th) and 11 (Alinghi 1st). SUI91 is launched in Valencia, Spain


29 September-9 October: Louis Vuitton Act 8 and 9 (Alinghi wins both), Trapani, Italy. Alinghi also takes the 2005 ACC Season Championship 25 August-4 September: Louis Vuitton Act 6 and 7 (Alinghi wins both), Malmö, Sweden 16-26 June: Louis Vuitton Act 4 (Alinghi 1st) and 5 (Alinghi 2nd), Valencia, Spain February: Alinghi leaves Switzerland for Valencia, Spain, home to the 32nd


America’s Cup 2004

4-17 October: Louis Vuitton Act 2 and 3 (Alinghi 1st ), Valencia, Spain 5-11 September: Louis Vuitton Act 1 (Alinghi 2nd), Marseille, France


2 March: Alinghi wins the America’s Cup 5-0 against Team New Zealand. The Cup returns to Europe for the first time in 152 years January: Alinghi wins the Louis Vuitton Cup


July: Alinghi arrives in Auckland, New Zealand with SUI75 May: Alinghi opens the doors to the team base in Auckland, the first team to ever do so, and welcomes 100,000 visitors


November: Alinghi sailing team moves to Auckland with SUI59 and SUI64, testing and training begins


September: Alinghi, the Swiss America’s Cup team is officially launched at the Société Nautique de Genève



Alinghi, Swiss Defender of the America’s Cup, carries the colours of the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and flies the Swiss flag. The SNG is one of the International Sailing Federation’s founding clubs and it has long represented Switzerland within international sailing institutions. The SNG’s involvement in the America’s Cup represents a further step in its rich history. A DYNAMIC CLUB Since it was founded in 1872, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) has been devoted to the promotion and development of water sports and actively supports champions. With more than 3,000 members, the SNG is involved in training top-ranking sportsmen and women in four main disciplines: sailing, rowing, motor-boating and water-skiing. Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, with an exceptional view of the water fountain and Geneva harbour, the SNG organises several regattas, including the famous Bol d’Or with an annual entry of more than 500 boats. Pierre-Yves Firmenich, Commodore of the SNG comments: “Alinghi’s victory in the America’s Cup has had a huge impact on our Club, as well as on Switzerland and Europe as a whole. The motivation of young sailors has increased dramatically and our sailing courses are fully subscribed. The dream has become a reality.” For more information on the SNG, please go to



ALINGHI 5 TIMELINE 16 October 2009: Alinghi 5 sailed for the first time on Emirati waters 30 September: The giant catamaran arrived in Ras Al Khaimah 18 September: Alinghi 5 and its entourage were loaded on to a cargo ship for the 12 day, 4,400nm voyage to Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, venue for the 33rd America’s Cup. 7 August: The team air-lifted the boat from Lake Geneva to a temporary base in Genoa, Italy for sea trials 20 July: After a week or so of preparations Alinghi 5 left the dock in Le Bouveret for its maiden sail. 8 July: Alinghi 5 was launched on Lake Geneva, Switzerland by a Mil Mi-26 helicopter; the biggest and most powerful in the world.

Boat type: Catamaran of carbon composite construction Where built: built Alinghi Villeneuve + DĂŠcision Corsier, Switzerland Length waterline: waterline 90ft Beam: Beam equivalent to two tennis courts side by side Mast height: height the canting mast is the equivalent height of a 17 storey building and withstands compression comparable to 50 SUVs balanced on a foundation the size of a tennis ball Gennaker: Gennaker one of three biggest in the world, measuring a whopping 1,100m2 Hours to build: build 100,000 man-hours Square metres of carbon fibre used: used 30,000m2



The 22-strong Alinghi sailing team is peppered with world class talent from 10 different countries. Four-time America’s Cup winner Brad Butterworth heads the roll call as team skipper and tactician. He is closely flanked by fellow four-time Cup winners Simon Daubney, Warwick Fleury, Dean Phipps and Murray Jones. The crew’s depth of experience spans from America’s Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird to multihull experts Alain Gautier, Franck Proffit and Loïck Peyron, not forgetting Swiss Champions and Bol d’Or winners Yves Detrey and Nils Frei. Round the world and multiple Cup sailors are also numerous: Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen, Rodney Ardern and Curtis Blewett are just a few.

Rodney Ardern (NZL)

Alain Gautier (FRA)

Ed Baird (USA)

Murray Jones (NZL)

Ernesto Bertarelli – team president (SUI)

Lorenzo Mazza (ITA)

Curtis Blewett (CAN)

Will McCarthy (AUS)

Brad Butterworth – skipper (NZL)

Loïck Peyron (FRA)

Simon Daubney (NZL)

Dean Phipps (NZL)

Jan Dekker (RSA&FRA)

Franck Proffit (FRA)

Yves Detrey (SUI)

Francesco Rapetti (ITA)

Peter Evans (NZL)

Nicolas Texier (FRA)

Warwick Fleury (NZL)

Pieter van Nieuwenhuijzen (NED)

Nils Frei (SUI)

Juan Vila (ESP)

For more information on the Alinghi sailors and other team members, please go to


THE ALINGHI DESIGN TEAM The 23-strong design team is coordinated by Grant Simmer, while Rolf Vrolijk spearheads the design as principal with chief engineer Dirk Kramers. Michael Richelsen runs the performance prediction and CFD, Kurt Jordan does composites and structural analysis. Kirst Feddersen focuses on mast design and Mike Schreiber on sail design. The team is joined by Daniele Costantini, Daniel Bernasconi, Andreas Winistoerfer, Silvio Arrivabene and Andrew Mason, for the 33rd America’s Cup.

Silvio Arrivabene (ITA)

construction and planning manager

Daniel Bernasconi (GBR)

software performance and prediction engineer

Jim Bungener (SUI)

computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and fluid analysis

Daniele Costantini (ITA)

fibre optics engineer

Mark De Gids (NED)

software engineer

Luc Dubois (SUI)

performance analysis

Brett Ellis (AUS)

design engineer

Kirst Feddersen (USVI)

mast designer

Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI)

data analysis and sailing coach

Kurt Jordan (USA)

composite materials and structural analysis

Dirk Kramers (NED)

chief engineer

Andrew Mason (AUS)

velocity prediction consultancy services

Patrick Mazuay (FRA)

sail design

Jean Claude Monnin (SUI)

software development and performance prediction

Virginie Nivelleau (FRA)

Sail Vision and electronic projects

François Nivelleau (FRA)

Sail Vision and electronic projects

Aaron Perry (USA)

design engineering

Michael Richelsen (DEN)

designer, performance prediction and computational fluid dynamics

Tom Schnackenberg (NZL / CAN)

designer and performance prediction

Mike Schreiber (USA)

chief sail designer

Grant Simmer (AUS)

design team coordinator

Rolf Vrolijk (NED)

principal designer

Andreas Winistoerfer (SUI)

rigging designer and composite rigging expert






The EPFL is Alinghi’s scientific advisor for the 33rd America’s Cup. The Swiss Defender has enjoyed this relationship since 2000. These are some of the areas of collaboration: MATERIALS AND STRUCTURE STRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Composite material is used to build the boat. These composite structures are made of a rigid, strong and incredibly light carbon-reinforced polymer composite material referred to as a "sandwich". The production process for this composite sandwich involves several steps, and a variety of factors must be optimised for reliability and performance. The embedment of optical fibres in the sandwich structure allows for "intelligent" composites as they provide real-time feedback on how the boat is performing. Full scale testing of large elements of the structure is carried out in the laboratory to define resistance and the maintenance plan of sensitive elements. In parallel, new non-destructive testing techniques are developed in collaboration with the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) that allow for a “health” assessment of the composite sandwich over time. FLUID DYNAMICS ANALYSIS ANALYSIS Computational Fluid and Structural Dynamics (CFSD) is a mathematical approach that aims at simulating a wide range of flow conditions. Numerical models are used to simulate the flow of both air and water around a computerised version of the yacht in racing conditions. These models allow for large amounts of configuration tests. Such reliable tools are needed to reduce the amount of expensive tank testing. VIDEO ANALYSIS FOR SAIL SAIL DESIGN One way to improve sail design is to analyse how they behave under actual sailing conditions and to extract data on how the sail, and ultimately the boat, is responding to physical conditions. One solution currently developed at EPFL to evaluate these performances is to extract the information from video sequences. STRATEGIC ROUTE PLANNING PLANNING Another project assists the navigator by making sailing as much of a science as possible. Researchers are developing a mathematical model that will be able to provide the navigator with a rational method for planning the fastest possible course for a given race, even in the face of variable weather conditions.

For more information on the EPFL, please go to:



Hublot was created in 1980 and its watch design was inspired by a boat porthole. It was the first in the history of watchmaking to combine natural rubber with gold. Sobriety, comfort and the characteristic shape of Hublot watches soon made them highly sought-after pieces. Since 2004, when Jean-Claude Biver took up the role of Hublot CEO, the "Art of Fusion" became the way of thinking and creating at Hublot: combining unexpected materials such as ceramic, carbon, tantalum, tungsten, titanium and magnesium with precious and conventional materials and employing the most cutting-edge technologies while remaining true to the watchmaking know-how of the company’s ancestors. The new collection launched in 2005 was called ‘Big Bang’ and represented exactly the concept of Fusion. The bezel and case had sharper corners, screws passing through the case, and were still reminiscent of a porthole; retaining the look of the first Hublots with the rubber strap. Within a year, the Big Bang won numerous prizes in the world of watchmaking and thereafter, still retaining its shape, was released in various sizes with assorted ‘complications’ such as Tourbillon, Large Date, Power Reserve Indicator and Split Seconds. Hublot thenceforth experienced dazzling growth, engaging in numerous pioneering activities such as an Internet TV, sponsorship of the football team Manchester United, sponsorship of the Polo Gold Cup in Gstaad, the first completely invisible setting with baguette diamonds, revolutionary interactive window displays and diversified partnerships. The first Hublot single-brand stores were opened in Paris and St-Tropez, and then Geneva, Moscow, Dubai, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Warsaw and Hong Kong. The success of this timepiece enabled the brand to increase its turnover tenfold in four years and in 2008 the world leader in luxury products, LVMH group, bought the brand to supplement its watch segment. Now, in 2009, Hublot is proud to sponsor Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, for the Match in 2010.



In 2008, Alinghi launched the Performance Programme, a new initiative aimed at fostering and supporting sailing talent. “Alinghi’s aim with this programme is to transfer knowledge, experience and resources to up and coming sailors,” says Alinghi team skipper Brad Butterworth. “Our support started with the Swiss Olympic hopefuls, but will continue beyond

the 2008 Games into other areas of the sport.”

Contribution from the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup to members of the Performance Programme includes technical support from team experts in weather data, electronics, sailing tactics, training methodology, physical and mental preparation; all in collaboration with the team’s existing programmes and coaches. “The athletes have some great expertise in their

own coaches and we are looking to supplement this in any way we can – there’s a good chance that we will learn as much from them as they might from us,” says Butterworth.

The Alinghi Performance Programme is a collaboration with the Swiss Sailing Team, the body managing the participation of Swiss sailors in international competition, including the Olympic Games and it will develop as a long term commitment of support. The teams that represented Switzerland in Beijing were the first to benefit from Alinghi’s assistance in different areas of their campaigns. During the 2008 Olympics, the Swiss sailing squad received daily weather briefings from Alinghi meteo specialist, Arnaud Monges. Nathalie Brügger (Club de Voile Estavayer-le-Lac), competing in the Laser Radial Class, previously received weather assistance from Alinghi’s Jon Bilger, who provided predictions and race course analysis during her participation in the World Championships in Auckland. Emmanuelle Rol and Anne-Sophie Thilo (Club Nautique de Pully), competing in the 470 Class, travelled to Valencia to spend a week 470 training with the team as did Christoph Bottoni, (Circolo Vela Lugano) with his Laser. “This programme should

be measured in terms of sharing skills and know-how to help these young Olympians improve their performance at the Games in Qingdao,” says Butterworth. “Switzerland has some great sailing talent and enthusiasm for the sport is growing exponentially – in some part thanks to Alinghi’s success in the America’s Cup.” Alinghi’s most recent collaboration with the Swiss Sailing Team has been for the Alinghi Talent Camps. The Camps are a culmination of the 2009 Swiss Sailing Clinics and part of the wider Alinghi Performance Programme. Alinghi’s participation includes both technical and financial support and the aim of these Camps is to encourage young sailors who are not yet part of the Olympic Squad to continue to train and increase their skills.



Syndicate name


Yacht Club

Société Nautique de Genève

Team president

Ernesto Bertarelli

Team skipper and tactician

Brad Butterworth

Design team coordinator

Grant Simmer

Sail numbers

Alinghi 5, launched July 2009 SUI100, launched March 2007 SUI64, launched November 2001


Hublot WISeKey

Official clothing supplier


Official suppliers

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Official Scientific Advisor




Paco Latorre

m: +41 79 571 62 07

Communications director

Eugenia Manzanas de las Heras

m: +34 678 660 657

Media officer for Spain, France and Switzerland

m: +971 50 589 1897

Daphne Morgan Barnicoat

m: +34 678 659 317

English language media officer, Switzerland and Germany

m: +971 50 589 4437

Massimo Procopio

m: +39 335 816 5281

Media officer for Italy

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