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Alinghi Red Bull Racing opens applications for its Youth & Women’s America’s Cup teams​

Applications are open for the Alinghi Red Bull Racing teams that will compete in the first Women's America's Cup and third Youth America's Cup events scheduled for autumn 2024 during the 37th America's Cup in Barcelona. The first selection phase will be based on applications and successful candidates will be invited to the next phase which will play out over three events in Switzerland this summer.
Barcelona (ESP), April 5, 2023 – The Youth & Women’s America’s Cup is an ideal pathway to the America’s Cup for Swiss sailors. Alinghi Red Bull Racing is inviting candidates that meet the selection criteria to submit their applications here – applications close on the 30 April.
To join the Women's America’s Cup team, candidates must be over 18 in 2024, and to join the Youth America’s Cup team, candidates must be between 18 and 25, the latter is open to men and women. In both cases there are nationality criteria outlined here.
After the first selection phase, which will be based on the application, selected candidates will be invited to one of three Swiss Qualifiers: three-day events in Thun, Brunnen, and Geneva (please click here for more information).
A final selection phase will take place in early 2024, at the end of which six sailors will be selected by Alinghi Red Bull Racing for the Youth Team and six for the Women's Team.
The sailors will race on the AC40, a foiling monohull that is a scaled down version of the AC75 sailed by four crew. The boat is one-design, so it will be down to the sailors to make a difference.
As head of the Youth & Women's America's Cup programme, Coraline Jonet will organise the selection process for the two teams and create the best possible conditions for the sailors to be competitive in 2024. She joined Alinghi in 2005 for the 32nd America's Cup and has since had dual roles as a Decision 35 sailor and communications officer. "We have a pool of young sailors with great potential in Switzerland, so the choice will be difficult," said Coraline, who works closely with Youth & Women's Head Coach, Matias Bühler.
Matias has been a member of the Alinghi Red Bull Racing Sailing Team since last year. He will manage the teams’ performance and training, bringing to bear his experience as an Olympic sailor and coach. "It is a very rewarding opportunity for me to accompany the Swiss sailors in this project which opens new pathways to the America's Cup," he said.
Twelve teams will compete in these two landmark events: six in Pool A, drawn from the six America's Cup teams, and six in Pool B, which will be guest teams representing countries outside those in Pool A.
While this will be the first Women’s America’s Cup, there have been two prior editions of the Youth America's Cup, the first in San Francisco (USA) in 2013, and the second in Bermuda (BER) in 2017.
Lucien Cujean, Bryan Mettraux, Florian Trüb, Arthur Cevey and Nils Theuninck – all now members of Alinghi Red Bull Racing – took part in these events and are proof that the Youth America’s Cup is an ideal entry point to the America’s Cup.
The door is open to Swiss talent, please click here!​
Coraline Jonet, Youth & Women's America's Cup Project Manager: "We have a pool of young sailors with great potential in Switzerland, so the choice will be difficult. We are benefitting from what we call the ‘Alinghi Generation’, sailors who emerged from the excitement of the 2003 and 2007 victories and the work done by the clubs, coaches, and Swiss Sailing. It has been a collective effort and it is paying off, as illustrated by the women's Fahrni/Siegenthaler duo who finished 4th at the last Olympic Games, and Nicolas Rolaz who was crowned Optimist world champion in 2014 and is now a member of the Alinghi Red Bull Racing Sailing Team.
“The Youth & Women's America's Cup is the perfect springboard for sailors to progress to professional sailing. The selected sailors will race on an incredible boat, and at the same time as the America's Cup. They will be placed firmly in the spotlight!”

Matias Bühler, Youth & Women's America's Cup Head Coach: "The candidates will have a great opportunity to experience an America's Cup project from the inside out. They will progress on the water with the new AC40, but they will also experience everything around that. This project will allow them to experience the trades that come together to make up an America’s Cup project. The breadth of knowledge they will be exposed to and will gain is enormous. My goal is to accompany them in their learning with a clear performance objective that will take us all the way.”
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!​
Alinghi Red Bull Racing. 08039 Barcelona, Spain​
 

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Some fun commentary in this interview



Riding high above an, at times, two metre swell out on a pitch-perfect Barcelona afternoon, Alinghi Red Bull Racing had their AC40 in a new performance mode, keeping the bow up and the hull very level. Arnaud Psarofaghis and Maxime Bachelin, who had swapped pods in an interesting bit of A/B test sailing, were noticeably dialled into the mode, relentlessly pursuing a very high flight downwind and absolutely nailing laylines over a short course. Bear-aways were flat and fast, gybes were super-high and pre-start circling practice was co-ordinated and slick between the pair.

With the design team now far down the road of finalising their one-build AC75 that will challenge next year for the America’s Cup, the recon team managed to grab a fascinating interview with Nico Bailey, formerly an aeronautical engineer for Airbus, who was corralled into the American Magic programme for the 36th America’s Cup before joining Alinghi Red Bull Racing for this cycle. With some wide variations in foil design being trialled on LEQ12 prototypes by all the teams, Nico gave an insight into the Swiss programme saying: “I guess all the teams are the same, we try to model with as high a fidelity as possible. All the foils we model in all our setup tools that we have, so Simulator, CFD, all kinds of calculations and we try to understand what are the weakness of the opponents and what are the good points to try to make the best possible.”
 

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If there’s one thing we are learning this week from recon units all over the world, it’s that AC40’s in big swell require a huge amount of technique and skill to keep upright and flying fast. Today out in Barcelona with wave heights estimated at around 1.5 metres, Alinghi Red Bull Racing had the AC40 rocking and rolling with a new crew formation onboard, especially downwind, where they wrestled with ride height to keep the foils immersed. They did a brilliant job.

After sailing, the recon team caught up with double America’s Cup winner Nils Frei who is such a calming influence on the team and brimming with experience. It’s a rare interview and Nils is happy with how Alinghi Red Bull Racing have progressed in eight short months saying: “Time is flying and we're flying better and better as well so that's good. A lot of things going on, obviously first we learned to sail the AC75 and so we had really good months last year in the Autumn and then now since a couple of weeks or a couple of months already sailing with the first AC40, so yes, it's been really interesting. So many things have happened - the crew has evolved a lot too, we had a lot of crew swaps as well, doing a lot of rotations, so I think it's coming together nicely.”
 

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Sounds like he blames the AP for the capsize yesterday.

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No he doesn't - he says the small problem they noted after the capsize that stopped them getting going again and which should be a quick fix had to do with the AP.
He also said they plan to push harder and everyone is Super Happy
But you do you....
 

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No he doesn't - he says the small problem they noted after the capsize that stopped them getting going again and which should be a quick fix had to do with the AP.
Oh, okay, agreed this is what he said.

But it still sounds like the AP fucked up, leading to the rudder letting loose, and the resulting faceplant.
 
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^ Don't look for logic - there is no rhyme or reason to Spinbot's conspiracy theories against anything Kiwi, nor his endless fluffing of Larry - 100s of thousands of posts as proof....
Expect more of the same:(
 



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