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A look back at the season

November 05, 2010 @ 21:58:38   Foto © Chris Schmid / Eyemage Media


It's time that time of year!


It was a season of highs and lows for the Alinghi team, or we should say lows and highs, as the season started off with lacklustre performance and finished with three consecutive grand prix wins. With the 2010 D35 season now at an end, discussions are underway among Class owners on potential areas of improvement, including a Mediterranean arm to next year's championship. We will find out more about this and other changes after the general meeting in mid-October. Meanwhile, we catch up with Alinghi's Pierre-Yves Jorand on the season past, on improvements for 2011, and for a sneak preview...

Season review...
Pierre-Yves Jorand: We had a bad start to the season – probably because we were all a bit tired after the 33rd America's Cup. Our approach was way too complicated and the outcome was poor results during the first half of the season. On top of that our light air performance was not great, so for the second half we built a new sail. In total contrast the rest of the season was great – we had three wins out of three, great boat speed, good starts, good tactics. Everyone was much more relaxed. We took things one race at a time and it worked.

Areas of improvement for 2011?
PYJ: Yves [Detrey] is currently reviewing the rigging, mast and platform, including the beams, the hulls, etc. and will make some suggestions for improvement. Nils [Frei] and I are reviewing all the sails for next year as we are permitted to make three new sails under the rule (every odd year you are allowed to build three new sails, every even year you are allowed to build two). We are considering being more specific with our ranges.
Aside from that, I think the crew will remain the same, which is good news.

What are the Class plans for the future?
PYJ: There is a talk scheduled for mid-October among the owners about future plans. These will include expanding the circuit to include the Mediterranean. This plan hasn't yet been defined, but the general idea is to have the start of the season on Lake Geneva – from early May until end June – and then to move the fleet down south mid-August and have a few long weekends of racing for the second part of the season. We will know more after the meeting... 

There is also an idea to change the boards to have a lifting effect – this project will also be presented to the owners mid-October. We will see, it might not happen for next year, but probably for the 2012 season...
In terms of new boats, I don't think there are any coming on line, but I have heard that a few second-hand boats might be available for sale. This could be a good opportunity for current teams or for new people interested in joining the class.



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