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America’s Cup: Alinghi in the water, the adventure begins again

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(ANSA) – ROME, AUG 11 – Alinghi Red Bull Racing is the first team to land in Port Vell (Barcelona), in anticipation of the 37th America’s Cup sailing scheduled in Barcelona in 2024. Ernesto Bertarelli’s team has Launched BoatZero, a training boat purchased in New Zealand. The AC75 BoatZero was the first to touch the water of the capital of Catalonia.

The evolution process was long. “All our departments have worked together in total harmony to allow BoatZero to be on the water today – said Silvio Arrivabene, co-general manager, head of technical operations of the team – we are ready to sail”.

The baptism of BoatZero was enlivened by the performance of the ‘free running’ specialist, Hazal Nehir, which preceded the traditional rite of breaking the bottle on the wing performed by Alceo Bertarelli, son of Ernesto. The new boat is a novelty for the young Swiss sailors of the team who will have two experienced colleagues ready to share their skills: they are the New Zealander Dean Barker, winner of the America’s Cup, and the Italian Pietro Sibello, finalist of the 36th edition on Luna Rossa. “In an America’s Cup campaign you can’t make up for lost time – told Nils Frei, head coach of Alinghi Red Bull Racing – and we can’t get enough of it. Being able to sail on the AC75 is an advantage”. “The management of an AC75 is an important part of the America’s Cup project, explains Pietro Sibello, sailing team advisor.” You have to respect every single step of the program, despite the understandable excitement. Be part of this team and be able to transmit, together with Dean Barker, our experience, means a lot. We have complementary experiences, because we come from different teams. This allows us to convey the best to the crew. “

“BoatZero is a platform that allows us to acquire the necessary experience in the AC75 class – adds Arrivabene -. Despite the satisfaction of the day of celebration, we are aware that there is still a lot of work to be done to reach the level of the teams they have. participated in the 36th America’s Cup “. (HANDLE).

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