The average age of the Alinghi Red Bull Racing Team for the 37th America’s Cup (Barcelona 2024) is 30 years old and will be 100% Swiss. Two rowing and cycling champions are part of it.
The selection that will represent the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), which was revealed on Wednesday in the industrial zone of Ecublens, has a few surprises in store.
To sail aboard the new AC75 monohull that will set out to conquer the silver pitcher, Alinghi Red Bull Racing has selected eleven talented young sailors as well as three “outsiders”: Augustin Maillefer and Barnabé Delarze, who came from rowers, as well as Terry Scheer, who finished his career As a cyclist after the Tokyo Olympics.
The three Vodua have no particular experience in sailing but will be part of the ‘Power Team’ which will be responsible, on board the boat, for powering their musculature with the power that will power the sails’ tuning systems. significantly.
Endurance and precision
“It’s going to be a Watt production league. There’s an analogy with rowing because, in addition to strength, it will be necessary to show endurance, team spirit and accuracy,” explained Melver, who is happy to seize this new sporting opportunity two years after he finished his rowing career.
Delarzi, for his part, would have continued his career until the Paris Olympics in 2024 if Alinghi Red Bull Racing had not asked for him. The America’s Cup challenge, with a professional contract, was very tempting.
The other eleven members selected come from the sailing world, some of whom already have a proven track record. They are Maxime Bachlin, Matthias Buehler, Arthur Sevey, Nicolas Charbonnier, Lucien Cogen, Yves Detry, Brian Mitro, Arnaud Psarovajes, Nicholas Rollaz, Nils Theunink and Florian Troup.
Compared to the last release in 2021, the number of browsers will be reduced from eleven to eight. The AC75 will be about 900kg lighter, with a slightly longer metallic sheet. It can reach peaks of more than 100 km / h.
Team of 100 people
In this context, the partnership with Red Bull, known in particular for its exploits in Formula 1, has special meaning. When it comes to technology, Austrians know a lot about it. Some synergies can also be found with EPFL. The team of designers and engineers, led by Silvio Arrivabene and Marcelino Botin, are working to develop the most efficient boats over the coming months.
Ultimately, in 2024, the team will gather about a hundred people. The sailors will be staying in Barcelona at the end of this summer. There is a form of racing against the clock: unlike the other four challenges already officially known – defender Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa, UK Team Ineos and American Magic – the Swiss did not have the experience of the last release.
Alinghi, winner in 2003 and 2007 and defeated by the American of Oracle in 2010, is back after more than a decade of absence. If it still flies the SNG flag, with funding from Ernesto Bertarelli, the union is starting on new grounds through its partnership with Red Bull.
The fact that all seafarers must now be “citizens,” and thus the Swiss in this case, is likely to boost the group’s ethos but pose an additional challenge: “With the same regulations, we probably wouldn’t have won in 2003,” the Swiss Confederation admits. But the new generation of Swiss sailors is promising.
This article was published automatically. Source: ats