Alinghi has won the AC 2003 in Auckland, New Zealand. As landlocked country with no access to the sea the Swiss had to look for a coastal town. In the closer selection came Marseilles, Lisbon, Naples and Valencia. Someone in Naples set for 1 day into the Internet the for Alinghi extremely lucrative tender conditions. Valencia won the contract Bertarelli took with his AC management company full control of the Cup events including the LVC.The IACC formula was changed with the “Version V “(=Roman 5) towards a box-rule. The race values are set so tight that little room for experimental design changes was left. (similar to the car Formula 1) An end of the IACC class was foreseeable, when Alinghi introduced the new, but not accepted V90 class. Russell Coutts had a dispute with Bertarelli and left the team with a severance and a non-competition clause. 3 Yacht Club from new countries (Germany, South Africa and China) deposited their challenge. RSA 83 to SUI-100 altogether 17 new yachts were built. 11 of them were sailing in the LVC resp. AC.
SUI-64 cut already in 2003 the head of the mainsail far aft. 2007 all teams followed this design with a horizontal set up. By the increase of the sail area on the mast-top, the faster winds there could be better exploited.Emirates NZL failed to wrest the America's Cup from the defender Alinghi.
SUI-100 erfolgreiche Verteidigerin des AC 2007
NZL-93 erfolglose Herausforderin desAC 2007
As landlocked country with no access to the sea the Swiss had to look for a coastal town.
Yacht / Country : “ALINGHI “ / CHSailnumber : SUI 100Syndicate : Team AlinghiCEO : Ernesto BertarelliYacht Club : Societe Nautique de GeneveDesign : Grant Simmer, Rolf VrolijkBoat Builder : Decision SA, CHSkipper : Brad Butterworth
Alinghi SUI-100 winner of the AC 2007
After SUI-100 won the AC 2007 many expected that she carries the last IACC sail number, racing in an America’s Cup. Ernesto Bertarelli proposed a new mono-hull class AC90 which was not enthusiastically accepted.The reason might be that the not so very rich teams were depending on the second-hand boats market to start in the Cup at acceptable costs. But the situation changed after the AC 2010 in favour of catamarans anyhow.No. 101 was given to the German Racing Team, as they had finished a new mould, but they stopped the construction very soon afterwards. Many of the 100 IACC yachts were just trial boats or have not been finished as SLO-4/1992. Number 13 was not issued to a team.
After SUI-100 won the AC2007 many expected that she carries the last IACC sail number racing in an America’s Cup.
No. 69 has been refused by the British challengers as a sexism symbol, but was accepted by the French team without any problem.
The number stays with the yachts, but the country codes change with a new registration.ITA-48 became RSA-48 when it was sold to Shosholoza
New Zealand NZL-92 won the LVC finals against Prada's "Luna Rossa ITA-94but could not win the AC 2007
Comparing the situation with the AC 2003 the team recovered considerably under the new management of Grant Dalton and the sponsorship of Emirates Airlines. From 2004 onwards the Louis Vuitton Cup has been extended by the “Acts” where the teams collected already points for the LVC. New Zealands NZL –92 won the LVC in the finals against Pradas ITA–94 by 5:0 but missed the AC against Alinghi’s SUI-100.
Comparing the situation with the AC 2003 the team recovered considerably under the new management of Grant Dalton
The bulb represents “Buzzy Bee” a wooden toy which enjoyed generations of New Zealanders.
Yacht / Country : " NEW ZEALAND “, NZLSailnumber : NZL - 92Syndicate : Team New ZealandCEO : Grant DaltonYacht Club : Royal New Zealand Yacht SquadronDesign : Mike Drummond, Clay Oliver, Tom Schnackenberg Boat Builder : Cookson Boats, Skipper : Dean Barker, Bertrand Pace