Alinghi Red Bull Racing launched BoatZero – a training AC75 bought in New Zealand – today, becoming the first team to take up residence in Barcelona, home of the 37th America’s Cup.
Barcelona (ESP), 8 August 2022– We have introduced the sailors and designers that make up the Alinghi Red Bull Racing team, and today the spotlight turned on BoatZero, a training AC75 bought from Emirates Team New Zealand last spring, and which was the first to be built in 2019. It will now be the first AC75 to sail in the 37th America’s Cup venue in a decisive first step towards the competition in autumn 2024. Alinghi Red Bull Racing is the first team in the 37th America’s Cup to make Port Vell its home.
This important stage of the campaign also marked Alinghi Red Bull Racing’s first experience in Barcelona. Having settled in the Catalan capital, the team – specifically the shore team – turned its attention to the lengthy process of preparing BoatZero. “Each department pulled together creating a close-knit team in order to get the boat on the water today,” said Silvio Arrivabene, co-general manager and head of technical operations. “At the end of this great day for everyone, we are full of energy and ready to focus on the next step: sailing.”
During the christening, free-running specialist Hazal Nehir boarded the AC75 via the foil arm, and performed a few demonstrations of her skill. Alceo Bertarelli then broke the traditional bottle on the wing, marking an important step in the campaign for the 37th America’s Cup.
BoatZero, named Alinghi Red Bull Racing will serve as a training platform for the young Swiss sailors who haven’t sailed an AC75 before. To aid the learning curve, the crew will be mentored by two highly experienced sailors: Dean Barker (NZL), a skipper and America’s Cup winner in his own right, and Pietro Sibello (ITA), a finalist in the 36th America’s Cup with Luna Rossa.
The countdown is now on for the first day of sailing. There remain a few adjustments and tests to be carried out by the technical team, and then the boat will sail off Barcelona, home to the 37th America’s Cup, for the first time. As head coach, Nils Frei pointed out: “In a Cup campaign, you can never make up for lost time. And you never have enough of it! Being able to sail the AC75 so early on is very beneficial.”
About Alinghi Red Bull Racing
After over a decade away from the Cup, Alinghi, one of the most dynamic names in the history of the America’s Cup, is returning to battle for sailing’s highest honour. The consecutive-winning syndicate joins forces with Red Bull, the driving force in global sport, to create a new team: Alinghi Red Bull Racing.
The team sails under the flag of the Société Nautique de Genève and is accompanied by its main partner Swiss watch brand TUDOR. The official Swiss challenger will compete in the Selection Series for the 37th America’s Cup, in 2024 in Barcelona. The countdown starts now!
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