Monday, May 21, 2007

TeamOrigin buys Alinghi's SUI-75

[Source: TEAMORIGIN] TEAMORIGIN, Britain’s bid to enter the 33rd America’s Cup, today announced its intention to purchase its first America’s Cup Class training boat – SUI-75 – the training and testing boat used by Alinghi, the current Defenders of the Cup, during the pre-regatta Acts in 2005-2006.

SUI-75 was built by Alinghi at the Decision Boatyard in Vevey, Switzerland. It left Switzerland on 6th March 2002 and was launched in New Zealand. SUI-75 was used in New Zealand during the 31st America’s Cup for testing and racing and was developed alongside SUI-64. Alinghi used SUI-64 in the AC Match where it won the 31st America’s Cup but there was little perceived performance difference between the two boats. Alinghi raced SUI-75 during the 2005 and 2006 Acts in the build-up period of the 32nd America’s Cup.

Mike Sanderson, Team Director of TEAMORIGIN, commented, “This is a really important step for TEAMORIGIN, buying our first training boat of the calibre of SUI-75 means we are tapping into one of the fastest training boats around. We are also able to get hold of it without delay meaning that we can push forward our planning and be on the water here in Valencia as early as July 2007. We are continuing our progress in buying a second top quality training boat and other necessary assets to progress team preparations.”

TEAMORIGIN plans to re-brand SUI-75 and it will later become GBR-75. It will be re-assembled and commissioned in Valencia and undergo a short test sail shortly after the end of the 32nd America’s Cup in July 2007.

Alinghi's SUI-75 in her last official race, during Louis Vuitton Act 12. Valencia, 2 July 2006. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing



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