TeamOrigin and Juan K split tacks
TeamOrigin today announced that discussions with Juan Yacht Design for the 34th Americas Cup are not progressing.
Grant Simmer, who joined TeamOrigin in June after 10 years with Alinghi in various senior management roles, including design coordinator, has been undertaking a review of the team's design options. Simmer holds a strong view that with a new design rule soon to be announced, teams need to be in a position to be able to build their design capabilities to reflect the new rule. As preparations for the next America's Cup gather momentum several weeks of discussions have taken place between TeamOrigin and JYD. Last week however TeamOrigin decided to take an alternative approach than the one offered by JYD and as a result terminated discussions with JYD.
(We understand that with the dissolution of the Alinghi team, so Rolf Vrolijk may still be looking for a new berth within an America's Cup design team)