Following a lengthy tenure on the Extreme Sailing Series, Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi was one of the teams to join the GC32 Racing Tour for 2019. Although for most of the season it was close with Oman Air, this the Swiss team ended up dominating, winning both the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour overall and picking up the GC32 World Championship title in Lagos along the way.
Alinghi is one of the world’s longest established sailing teams and certainly oldest of all multihull racing teams, with Bertarelli competing in his first Bol d’Or on Lake Geneva in 1994 and winning Switzerland’s top sailing competition outright six years later. However Bertarelli and his team are best known as two time winners of the America’s Cup, in 2003 and 2007, and the first ever winner of sailing’s premier event in Europe.
Subsequently the Swiss team’s record on the Extreme Sailing Series was unparalleled, winning it four times, including its last season in 2018.
Inevitably Alinghi’s personnel is bristling with experience from Team Director, Pierre-Yves Jorand, who has been with Bertarelli from the outset of his competitive sailing career. Bertarelli shares helming duties with the talented Arnaud Psarofaghis. French Olympic 470 medallist Nicolas Charbonnier is tactician on board, joined by Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux and long serving bowman Yves Detrey.
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