New man at Alinghi

Cup veteran signs on as tactician

Wednesday March 15th 2006, Author: Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Location: none selected

America’s Cup tactician Peter Evans (NZ) joins the Swiss Defender for the start of the 2006 sailing season.

Evans brings a wealth of experience to Alinghi, with four Cups behind him, three with Team New Zealand (including two wins) and one with the Japanese challenge. He grew up in Devonport, Auckland, sailing at his local yacht club in Sabots, Starlings and Lasers earning several National Championships before later moving on to the Olympic 470 class and representing his country for the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.

By 1992, he had a Match Racing World Championship to his name and in 1997 held the ILC40 World Championship title. Having met Brad Butterworth while competing in the Europe Dinghy Worlds in Copenhagen in his teens, the two converged again in 1992 in San Diego with Team New Zealand.

Now, as from the start of the Alinghi sailing season on 21 March, they will be team mates again, this time opposite one another, as tacticians, on the two-boat training program: “We’re happy to welcome Peter Evans as a new member of the Alinghi team. He brings a lot of skills and experience needed to defend the America’s Cup. He has great strengths in many areas of the campaign and will be a real asset to our team,” comments Brad, skipper and tactician of Alinghi.

Peter says of his new post: “As a sailor for Alinghi, I’ll be helping with the in-house racing and I have also always been very interested in the testing side too. This being my fifth Cup, I have always had a strong interest, not only in the weather programs, but in the design side too, so I will be another set of eyes in this area trying to make the boat go faster.”

Evans’ family will be moving to Valencia in May. They are looking forward to the prospect: “The family is really excited about moving to Valencia, it’s a great opportunity for my little girls. Living in New Zealand, you are just not exposed to the different languages and cultures, so I think it’ll be really good for all of us. Plus my wife, who speaks Spanish, is looking forward to a better climate!”

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