America’s Cup training begins for Swiss

Barcelona, Spain (August 8, 2022) – Replete with new livery, America’s Cup challenger Alinghi Red Bull Racing team today launched the AC75 they bought from Emirates Team New Zealand, and was used by the defender as its first boat in preparation of their 36th America’s Cup victory in Auckland, New Zealand.

“Today symbolizes the adventure that begins in Barcelona,” commented Head Coach Nils Frei. “This first-generation boat will allow us to gain valuable training hours before we have our race boat. We are a new team sailing a boat that we are only just discovering, but to be able to train already this year is highly beneficial.”

The Protocol prevents competitors from sailing an AC75 from March 17, 2021 until September 17, 2022, but an exception to this is if a new competitor purchases an AC75 from the 36th America’s Cup, they can have a maximum of 20 sailing days between June 17, 2022 and September 17, 2022. The new Swiss team is the only challenger that qualifies for this exception.

“If there is one thing that all Cup campaigns have in common, it is that you can never make up for lost time,” said Frei. “And you never have enough of it! The preparations for this launch have given us the opportunity to learn to work together, and it is so important to be united towards a common goal in an America’s Cup campaign…”

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