Ten years of Alinghi
Alinghi will celebrate its ten year anniversary in September 2010 and while the Swiss team lost the America’s Cup on Valentine’s Day, it has two extraordinary wins to its count and remains proud of its achievements and what they represent.
Alinghi is the culmination of Ernesto Bertarelli's passion for sailing and since the team’s inception in 2000, its people have been its strength – the sailors, the designers and the shore crew and those that back them up in the weather team, the media and marketing departments, administration and finance.
In 2003 Alinghi was the first European team to win the America’s Cup in its 158 year history and it went on to render the most successful Cup event of all time in 2007, including three years of pre-regattas.
The 33rd America’s Cup chapter is over but Alinghi will continue. In what shape or form is yet to be decided.
Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi team president, on the last 10 years
“Alinghi has had a fantastic run in the America’s Cup. We created this team 10 years ago. We were the first team to win the America’s Cup from Europe in the history of this wonderful event. We were the first team to defend it successfully and put together a fantastic show in Valencia. This 33rd America’s Cup with these gigantic multihulls will always be remembered as a very unique, very special, very extraordinary event.
Alinghi has always been a team that has been about winning. But winning is also accepting the risk of losing. It’s part of the game. It’s a hard game the America’s Cup, and today for the first time in 10 years we are defeated.
We have to accept that there was a better team with a fantastic design achievement, the wing, which generated an incredible amount of power for their boat.
But Alinghi remains a formidable team with very strong values, very strong spirit, a very strong competitive spirit. We will be waiting to find out about the next AC rules. We are a sailing team. We will consider also other events where we can shine as we’ve shined for so long now, and defend our colours across the world on beautiful sailboats.
Alinghi will always rebound. There’s an inner strength that cannot be taken away. I would like to thank each and every person who has been part of this team and who has followed and supported the last decade of our history.”