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ALINGHI 5  “SUI” defender of the AC 2010 which lost it to BOR90 / USA 17
Yacht / Country :  Alinghi 5 Sail Number :       SUI Syndicate :          Team Alinghi CEO :                  Ernesto Bertarelli Yacht Club:          Societe Nautique de Geneve Designer :            Rolf Vrolijk and                            Alinghi design team headed                            by Grant Simmer Boat Builder :      Alinghi-Décision ,                           Villeneuve, Switzerland,  Skipper:              Ernesto Bertarelli
Alinghi 5 Looking back, the AC 2007 was a great success. Alinghi was the Defender and BMW Oracle the "Challenger of Record", which is the challenger who concludes general contracts with the Defender Both agreed the professional XXXII protocol, introduced the "Acts" and organized impressive  precursor regattas before the Louis Vuitton Cup. New participants, such as Germany, China and South Africa (the first country on the African continent) decided to challenge the Cup. But when Alinghi tried to get the 33rd AC, which is not called Swiss Cup-under full control, it came to the above-described serious conflicts.
These conflicts were partly so bizarre that such during the court actions Alinghi stiffened up to chose as the venue  the village of Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah, an Emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The hull of Alinghi 5 was flown, hanging on a Russian transport helicopter, from Lake Geneva to Genoa and shipped to the UAE. But this place has been rejected by the court, and all costs were in vain. Alinghi 5 was also 34 m long, but had soft sails. Its first mast of 45 -52? m was replaced in October 2009 by a 62 m high one. Experts say that even these change did not achieve the benefits of a rigid wing sail.
But when Alinghi tried to get the 33rd AC, which is not called Swiss Cup-under full control, i
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