After 11 races, raced amid various conditions, Alinghi took the win in the 2018 D35 season-opener in which the team competed against eight rivals. Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier and Mobimo occupy the other podium places. Ernesto Bertarelli, skipper and helmsman said: "Friday was a big day, but it provided the sort of challenging conditions in which we like to sail. After that day's five races we were leading the fleet with a slight advantage over Ylliam (by one point). Saturday saw slightly lighter breeze with a fleet much more compact. The starts were tight and we had to find every edge - not without risk! – in order to win the legs. "In the end we are pleased with the result, despite some poor performances that, our mistakes notwithstanding, show the high level of our competitors. Ylliam and Mobimo had a great weekend. One with the same crew identical from 2017; the other with a new make-up. "I would also like to acknowledge the Okalys Youth Project, who, for their first regatta together, made a good impression. They even made a top mark rounding in the lead with us. They're very promising." Nils Frei, headsail trimmer, said: "We feel that the teams have trained and improved a lot before the start of this season, perhaps more so in than the other years, especially when we see the performance of Mobimo, which has almost changed all his crew. "Alongside Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier, we'll need to watch them closely. Not to mention the others, who will make their mark and certainly progress. "At our level, one of our strengths is our ability to raise our heads and not question everything when we have one or two setbacks. More generally, we are happy with the overall performance and with the fact that we didn't make any big mistakes. Anyway, we don't intend on banking this win, but will focus on continuing to work across all facets of our sailing and will look to continue to improve." The team is looking forward to the next D35 event, taking place from the 19th to the 21st of May in Versoix for the season's second Grand Prix. In the meantime, the team heads to Riva del Garda (Italy) on Tuesday for a few days of preparation for the GC32 world championship to be held May 24-27. Click here for the general ranking of leg 1 after 11 races. To find out more d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Credit for photos © Loris Von Siebenthal
A one-design multihull contest, nine teams competing, and eight races to be run this season on Lake Geneva, as in 2017. So, here we go again as we begin the 15th edition of the D35 Trophy. Things are not exactly the same, however! As a small aside, the weight limit for crews has gone up by 10kg, to 480. During the 'transfer window', some teams have taken the opportunity to mix things up. Not so, Alinghi, the title holder, who return aiming for a seventh victory in the championship and who welcome back the same sailors that were victorious last time. The weather forecast promises – so far at least – wind for the practice day and for the first day of racing, perhaps enough to see the boats hit something-like 25 knots. Let's hope it turns out to be accurate! We look forward to seeing you from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th of May, with six races scheduled per day in this opening D35 Grand Prix, which is organised by our club, the Société Nautique de Genève. Follow the action You can keep-up with the racing, with up to six races per day in the Grand Prix by: On Twitter @alinghiteam > Updates after each race, as well as photos and video clips On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos and photos On our website > News and photos To find out more d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi’s team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Credit for photos © Lloyd Images
By winning the last Grand Prix of the season in the waters of the Société Nautique de Genève, Alinghi completed a seventh victory from the eight stages of this year’s D35 Trophy, meaning that the team have now won the competition six times. From May to September, the results in the six 'Grand Prix' were dominant and the key. As for the two long races that make-up the season, Alinghi won the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, but couldn’t complete the set in the Genève-Rolle-Genève, which was won by just a second by deserved winners Swisscom in June. In the overall standings for the season, Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier rose to second place on the podium, with Zen Too taking the final spot in third. Click here to view the feedback (in French) from each member of the team having returned to the SNG pontoons. In the opinion of all, the two best memories of this D35 season will remain the windy and exciting conditions for the 2017 Bol d'Or, which made for a victory in just 5hrs’11, as well as yesterday in the regatta, which saw Alinghi record a formidable scorecard (five wins in five races). We are already looking forward to competing in the 15th season of the D35 in 2018, but before then the team will meet you in San Diego from the 19th to the 22nd of October for Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series, which concludes in Los Cabos (Mexico) at the beginning of December. Closing Grand Prix in SNG - Overall standings after six races (the worst score being discarded) : 1 - Alinghi: 5 points 2 - Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 16 points 3 - Realteam: 20 points 2017 D35 Trophy overall ranking after eight stages (the worst score being discarded): 1 - Alinghi: 7 points 2 - Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 21 points 3 - Zen Too: 22 points To find out more d35trophy.com Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi’s team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Photo credits: Loris von Siebenthal
Alinghi had a faultless day on this, the opening of last D35 Grand Prix of the season – with five wins from the day’s five races, it was impossible to have had better results and Ernesto Bertarelli, who was at the helm, could not wished for a better birthday! Nicolas Charbonnier, the team’s tactician, was delighted: "It is certainly fair to say that we have had a great day. We had to wait for the wind for a while, but eventually we were able to race in 7-10 knots breeze all afternoon. Our starts were good throughout, with us sailing on the right side of the course every time. In addition to that, we had a great speed, with everyone working well together onboard. It was an ideal day, the sort you dream of when you get up in the morning to race." Nils Frei, the headsail trimmer, was also very pleased with the day’s racing: "We had conditions that were unexpectedly good. The weather forecast was rather unfavourable, but then we got a nice Séchard that was not really predicted. In the end, the conditions were perfect. We sailed under code zero (the larger of the two upwind sails), and « flew » (sailed with only one hull touching the water) all along. We managed to get the boat really going by finding the right balance between the front and the rear." For the end-of-day video recap with Nico and Nils (in French), just click here. The denouement of this, the eighth and final stage of the D35 Trophy, will take place tomorrow between 11h30 and 16h30 on the lake opposite the Société Nautique de Genève. Closing Grand Prix in SNG - Overall standings after five races (the worst score being discarded) : 1 - Alinghi: 4 points 2 - Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 10 points 3 - Mobimo: 17 points 4 - Realteam: 18 points 5 - Swisscom: 19 points 6 - Okalys: 20 points 7 - Racing Django: 21 points 8 - Zen Too: 23 points 9 - Phaedo2 : 32 points To find out more d35trophy.com Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi’s team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Photo credits: Loris von Siebenthal
After 5h11m of racing in dream conditions and a real match against Ladycat, Alinghi scored a seventh victory in the iconic Bol d'Or. At the same time, Pierre-Yves Jorand has now equaled the record number of victories for individual sailors, drawing level with Philippe Durr and Philippe Stern. After crossing the finishing line, Pierre-Yves said: "It was an incredible regatta, a duel from start to finish with a great team and great opponents. Last week we lost by a single second to Swisscom in the Genève-Rolle-Genève and so we were certainly hungry. This great victory comes at the right time!” For Nils Frei, the key to the race was the Bouveret rounding: "We passed in second place, just seconds behind Ladycat, but were the first to engage the tack to take us heading back to the Swiss side of the lake and to get the Bise back. It was so rare to have the breezes we did across all of the Lake, but it allowed us to record one of the quicker times in the race’s history – the record being 5h01m. It was a real match with Spindrift, with so little in it." Yves Detrey, known not to be the biggest fan of the long distance races on the lake, did not hide his joie de vivre this time around: "If it's like this next year, I will sign-up right away!" Arnaud Psarofaghis, helmsman of the D35 on this occasion, said: "I am really proud to have won with this team, who are all fantastic. For me the key to the regatta was at the entrance to the ‘Petit-Lac', close to Geneva. We chose a different strategy to Spindrift and it was a choice that paid off." Ernesto Bertarelli: "Congratulations to our Team Alinghi for the great achievement on Lake Geneva today – winning the 79th Bol D’or Mirabaud! It was a fantastic day of sailing, with the famous "Bise" as strong as ever, a focus on skill and tactics and very little place for luck. Congratulations also to Ladycat and its team for being an exceptional competitor in this exceptional race. Every year we seem to encourage each other to do even better, which pushes both teams to perform at their best and is wonderful for the sport. “I would like to pay a special tribute to Arnaud with whom I have the pleasure to share the helm both on the ESS and the D35 Trophy, as well as to the rest of the team, Pierre-Yves, Nicolas, Nils, Coraline, Yves & João who raced today on board as 7th crew and who is normally part of our shore crew who did an amazing job to keep our boat on top shape! Thank you also to Claudy and David who made sure this victory was technically possible. “And well done to all the boats who took part in the race today, many of which are still on the lake and sailing. “I am really proud to be the Vice-Commodore of SNG which organizes the Bol d'Or every year and I thank also all the volunteers who make this very special event so successful." The crew will now dedicate their summer to four races in the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS), before returning to the D35 Trophy in September for the last three events of the season. Click here to watch the crew's reactions reaching the dock at SNG and being interviewed on the podium. The next event for the Alinghi team is Act 3 of the ESS in Madeira, from 29 June to 2 July. Overall real-time ranking - Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2017: 1. D35 Alinghi: 5h11'00 2. M1 Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing: 5h12'34 3. GC32 Realteam: 5:19:23 4. D35 Zen Too: 5h22'49 5. D35 Okalys: 5:23:54 Provisional general ranking of the D35 Trophy (the worst score being discarded): 1. Alinghi: 4 points 2. Zen too: 11 points 3. Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 13 points 4. Swisscom: 17 points 5. Mobimo: 18 points Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #BOM17 // #D35Trophy To find out more boldormirabaud.ch // d35trophy.com If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi’s team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Photo credits: BOM2017-Nicolas Jutzi et EPmedias
Having built up a lead over the rest of the field after the first two days of racing in the opening Grand Prix of the D35 Trophy, Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi could afford to sit back a bit, focusing on staying out of trouble and protecting their lead. This, amid the rain and patchy wind on Lake Geneva, they did, finishing mid-fleet in the day's opening four races before stamping their authority with a convincing win in Race 12 that secured the victory even with the final race still to be launched. Following on from last weekend's GC32 win in China, this D35 performance caps an excellent couple of weeks for the team. Afterwards, the crew reflected on a job well done: Ernesto Bertarelli, helmsman and skipper: "We had very good wind conditions in the last two days, which made for very competitive races with a fleet very close to one another in terms of speed and talent, making for races in which positions were interchanged regularly. I think this regatta was won in our ability to improve on seemingly bad positions in races, picking up important points. That was the difference. "We are, of course, happy to have won and it's a victory more special because of the return of Pierre-Yves to the crew after a year off the water and who has stepped-up in Nils's injury-enforced absence. "Finally, I would like to thank all the volunteers who did so much to organise the event over its three days and who are out on the water come rain or shine - more often rain this weekend!" Arnaud Psarofaghis, headsail trimmer: "We did well and were pleased to win the Grand Prix in the penultimate race, meaning we didn't need to participate in the last. We chose to take that option in order to let the others fight for second place without us influencing the race." Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "We had enough points to secure first place, so decided to exercise our option not to line-up for the start of the last. In the D35, as opposed to Extreme Sailing Series, a team's worst score is scratched, meaning our 'DNF' would not have counted in our tally, as we'd previously finished higher than the equivalent last place. With a nine point cushion over second, our decision was also influenced by the fact that these boats are quite fragile and there is no point seeking out risking it being damaged if, as we were, you are in a position to avoid it. Overall, it was a really good Grand Prix and, of course, we are very happy with the outcome." Yves Detrey, bowman: "It has been a great couple of weeks - we won in China and came directly to this Grand Prix, in which we've continued our winning form. It's also nice, after all this sailing, to have a week break ahead of the next Grand Prix." Next race: D35 Open de Versoix, 19th - 21st May. Final results Alinghi: 34 points Zen Too: 43 points Okalys: 49 points Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier : 49 points Racing Django: 54 points Realteam: 54 points Swisscom: 59 points Mobimo: 65 points To find out more d35trophy.com Credit for photos © Loris von Siebenthal If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in the recap at the bottom of this news story. #GoAlinghiGo
After conditions yesterday put pay to a full day of racing in the opening event of the D35 Trophy, the teams would have been within their rights to have been worried about the light breeze and persistent rain that welcome the fleet on the waters off the SNG on this, the second day of the Grand Prix d’Ouverture. However, the seemingly ominous early conditions gave way to a good wind, meaning that a full six races could be run, making for some truly competitive and interesting sailing. The day’s first race didn’t exactly go to plan for Alinghi, who could only manage a fifth-place finish, but from then on things just got better for Ernesto Bertarelli and his team. Two finishes in third place were superseded by a great three race victories, meaning that Alinghi holds a commanding lead of seven points heading into tomorrow’s final day of the Grand Prix. As the team knows, however, the job is not yet completed and so the focus is very much on repeating today’s performance. Pierre-Yves Jorand, the team’s coach and mainsail trimmer on the D35, said of day two that: “The conditions today were tough and we had a difficult start, recording a fifth place in the first race. However, that is to be expected given that, as a team, the season is just coming together, and we were really pleased with the manner in which we rallied to record some really positive performances in the following races. We are aiming for more of the same tomorrow.” Results after day 2 Alinghi: 11 points Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier: 18 points Zen Too: 18 points Realteam: 23 points Racing Django: 29 points Swisscom: 29 points Okalys: 33 points Mobimo: 36 points To find out more d35trophy.com Credit for photos © Loris von Siebenthal If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in the recap at the bottom of this news story. #GoAlinghiGo
As it is well known, once spring has sprung the regattas come thick and fast! Just as soon as Alinghi's GC32 had been dismantled, stored in its container, and sent on its way for the next Act of the Extreme Sailing Series, it was the turn of the D35 to enter the stage for the start of its annual championship. As usual, Lake Geneva will be the scene for the D35 Trophy, for which Alinghi is competing for the 14th season, in search of a 6th victory. The Alinghi crew remains as it was in 2016, apart from one change: Arnaud Psarofaghis coming in for Nils Frei as frontsail trimmer, as the latter recovers from his fractured foot. Pierre-Yves Jorand will be taking-up the position of mainsail trimmer, alongside helmsman Ernesto Bertarelli. Alinghi's club, the Société Nautique de Genève, is organising this opening Grand Prix, with six races scheduled for each day from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May. A RECAP: What: Opening Grand Prix of the 2017 D35 Trophy, which is sailed exclusively on Switzerland's Lake Geneva. The championship comprises eight events, including six Grand Prix and two Lake classics (the Genève-Rolle-Genève and the Bol d'Or Mirabaud). Who: Eight teams, with five to seven crew members (total weight limit of 470kg, except for the Bol d'Or). Where: The 'Petit lac' zone, in front of the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and up to Versoix if lack of wind does not allow races to be launched in front of the SNG. When: From Friday 5th May (start-time 2pm, local) to Sunday 7th May. How: Teams compete in races around buoys, lasting about half an hour each, using 35ft catamarans, the Décision 35, commonly known as the D35. Follow the action You can keep-up with the racing from the 5th to 7th of May, with up to six races per day: On Twitter @alinghiteam > Updates after each race On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos and photos throughout the regatta On our website > Daily news and photos D35 Team Helmsman and Skipper: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) Mainsail trimmer: Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) Tactician: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Frontsail trimmer: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI), replacing the injured Nils Frei (SUI) Grinder: Coraline Jonet (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Technical Team and Trainer João Cabeçadas (POR) David Nikles (SUI) Claudy Dewarrat (SUI) For more info d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy Credit for photos © Loris Von Siebenthal & Alinghi
Today, Friday 6th May, saw the opening day of the 2016 D35 Championship. In lovely, balmy conditions on Lake Geneva, the Grand Prix of the Société Nautique de Genève began with ten teams vying for position in the day’s five races. Alinghi were nothing if not consistent, recording three third-place finishes to leave the team tied with Okalys in third position on 14 points. It was Spindrift’s day, with the team recording three victories to leave them out in front. However, with two more days of racing to go the Grand Prix is very much alive and Alinghi will be looking to hunt down those above them on the leaderboard. More sun is predicted for the weekend, so if you are near do come down to support the team.
In the end it was not to be for Alinghi, who were pipped to the post in the D35 Championship by Team Tilt. Having been close adversaries all season, Alinghi would like to send their congratulations to Tilt for a fantastic regatta and a fantastic season. The team also want to express their admiration for all of the teams that did battle on the Lake to make this the most memorable D35 Championship yet. Having gone into Day 2 just two points ahead of Tilt - and with the victor of the two taking the title - Alinghi's advantage was slender. Ultimately it could not be protected, with the two-point lead becoming a six-point deficit. Tilt took the Championship, with Alinghi second. It was a brilliant competition and - watch out Tilt - Alinghi will be gunning for the title next year!