Alinghi’s D35 SUI-1, helmed by Ernesto Bertarelli, yesterday won the first Act of the Vulcain Trophy, the Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs.
After 13 races sailed in very variable wind conditions and with some tricky wind shifts, it was Alinghi who sat atop the leaderboard to take this first Act of the D35 2014 Championship. The team had fought with three other boats for the right to climb to the first step of the podium: Ladycat, powered by Spindrift, Mobimo and Realteam. With six different teams winning races, the level was extremely high and the season promises to be intense – the whole fleet has been training hard during the early days of the year and the crews looked super-competitive for this first event of the season.
At the end of the weekend, Alinghi emerged victorious with Ernesto Bertarelli at the helm, Nicolas Charbonnier (tactic), Pierre-Yves Jorand (main), Coraline Jonet (Trimmer), Nils Frei (Trimmer), Yves Detrey (bow), in front of LadyCat Powered by Spindrift (second). Mobimo (third) and Realteam (fourth).
The teams will do battle again in Crans-près-Céligny, May 24th – 25th.