Team Alinghi today launched its campaign for the America's Cup 2007 with a full team presentation at Newport Shipyard, Newport, Rhode Island.
Following the formal proceedings, SUI 64, sporting new graphics, was lowered into the water and set sail for the first time on Newport Harbour.
New members of the sailing team were introduced by Jochen SCHUEMANN, Team Alinghi Sports Director. They are Matt MITCHELL (New Zealand), Mike DRUMMOND (New Zealand), Mark 'Sting' MCTEAGUE, (Australia), Matthew WELLING (USA), Peter HOLMBERG (USA), Mark NEWBROOK (USA), Jordi CALAFAT (Spain), Yann GOUNIOT (France), Nicolas TEXIER (France), and Lorenzo MAZZA (Italy).
New members of the design team are Michael RICHELSEN (Denmark), and Kurt JORDAN (USA).
The entire team showed off a new line of restyled and technically improved teamwear, and for the first time the sailing team wore crew shirts bearing a number so that spectators can easily recognize individual crew members.
Joining the partners announced in November last year, Team Alinghi welcomed the following co sponsors and suppliers for the 2007 campaign. Co-sponsors include: MSC Cruises, and North Sails (official clothing sponsor). Official suppliers include: S.Pellegrino, Zerorh+ (sunglasses), Ansys (aero and hydrodynamic simulation software), Schaublin Machines SA (high precision machine tools), and Solidworks (software suppliers), Colle Massari (beverage), and Moët.
Simultaneous to the events in Newport, Team Alinghi launched its new website - we invite you to visit www.alinghi.com.
Grant SIMMER, Alinghi Team Manager: 'Today signals the start of a new campaign which we are very excited about. Our vision is to win the America's Cup 2007, earn respect and recognition as a world class sports team, while sharing our passion for sailing. We would like to extend many thanks to our sponsors for their support and look forward to sharing our victories with them.'
Jochen SCHUEMANN, Sports Director: 'We are very happy to have signed a great group of very experienced sailors and we're ready to go sailing. The UBS Trophy will provide a great opportunity for the sailing team to start training together and I expect we will have good results.'