SUI 75 launched

Coutts and Bertarelli's new steed gets splashed in Auckland

Friday July 26th 2002, Author: Bernard Schopfer, Location: Australasia
Alinghi SUI 75, Team Alinghi's second new ACC boat, was successfully launched yesterday in Auckland.

Created by the Alinghi Design Team, under the direction of Grant Simmer, Design Team co-ordinator and Rolf Vrolijk, pinciple architect, SUI 75 is the result of a team project, with all 12 of Alinghi's designers involved in its development.

Lausanne polytechnic (EPFL) also played an important role in the design as many of its researchers were involved in the development of the boat. Last but not least, many sailors from Alinghi have been consulted, and their great experience taken into account to design a fast and ergonomic boat.

The second Alinghi 2002 generation yacht , Alinghi SUI 75 has been built in Switzerland, in Corsier sur Vevey, by the Decision SA boatyard. 30 boatbuilders have been involved in a project that has accounted for 18,000 hours of work.

The yacht was transported from Switzerland by truck to Basel, then barge down the Rhine to Rotterdam and from there by cargo ship to new Zealand

Grant Simmer, coordinator of the design team: "This is a great moment for our team. This boat is the result of two years work, for the boat builders as well as for the designers, the sailors and all those who brought their knowledge to the project from the first stages of conceiving the boat's design."

Bertrand Cardis, Director of the Decision SA boatyard: "Our boat-builders got together by modifying SUI 59, the former Be Happy. Then we built SUI 64, and now SUI 75, which is the culmination of our work and the best achievement of our boatyard. We are very proud of her."

General dimensions:
LOA 25.0m
Beam max 4.0m
Length on WL 18.0m
Draft 4.0m
Weight 25 tonnes
Sail area upwind 350sqm
Sail area downwind 690sqm

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