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The Faces of Alinghi Red Bull Racing Revealed

The suspense is over – we now know the crew members who have been chosen to sail on board Alinghi Red Bull Racing. They’re Swiss, they’re passionate, and there are 14 of them.
Written by Sophia Urban & Werner Leitner
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Maxime Bachelin

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Matías Bühler

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Arthur Cevey

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Nicolas Charbonnier

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Lucien Cujean

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Barnabé Delarze

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Yves Detrey

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Augustin Maillefer

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Arnaud Psarofaghis

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Nicolas Rolaz

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Théry Schir

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Nils Theuninck

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Florian Trüb

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These are crew members whom Arnaud Psarofaghis – who’s been at the heart of the project since it started – knows well. “Going on this adventure with friends I’ve known since childhood and people I’ve been working with for over 20 years is very exciting,” the 33-year-old Swiss sailor says. “Even if I haven't necessarily sailed with them, this bond is a great advantage. We understand each other, which will make communication so much easier. And that’s vital, because on board, good communication is key. And off the boat too: we know when one of us is going through a rough patch, how to talk with them, and when... The only thing that counts is performance, and it’s with this in mind that the teams will be put together.”

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The faces of Alinghi Red Bull Racing

Bringing together the crew

You may not know these young sailors yet, but you’re going to see a lot of them from now through autumn 2024. With a background in Olympic sports, flying boats, or the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, they started to be recruited last summer, and will be divided into the following roles: tactician, helmsman, foil trimmer, sail trimmer and grinders.
“It wasn't an easy choice, we’re lucky to have excellent potential in Switzerland,” head coach Nils Frei confides. He’s the one who conducted the recruitment jointly with Pierre-Yves Jorand, co-general manager in charge of sports operations. The first sailors who were chosen contributed to the decision-making. “Character, attitude and development potential are as important as skill,” Jorand adds. “We’ll be driving a Formula 1 with several people in the cockpit: one on the brake, one at the steer, one on the accelerator, and one on the gear lever. It’s all about teamwork.”
To assemble the crew, the needs of the boat were determined together with the designers. Among the new sailors, the youngest is 2014 Optimist world champion Nicolas Rolaz, 22, who says, “It’s an honour for me, a dream come true. I started sailing during the previous America’s Cup victory in 2007; Ernesto Bertarelli and his crew had shown that it was possible to reach the top even if you’re from a landlocked country like Switzerland. Flying the Swiss flag at the America’s Cup is like the holy grail, but it’s above all a chance to reignite the flame and revive the team’s victorious past.”
However talented they are, these sailors have had no experience in the America’s Cup yet. A high-level training schedule has therefore been put in place on the water with renowned coaches and internationally recognised designers.
Alongside the sailors, the power group will provide the energy on board. “The class rules oblige certain systems to function on manual power, especially everything that has to do with sail trimming,” design coordinator Adolfo Carrau explains. “It’s the strength that these athletes contribute that enables the sail trimmer to do his job. The designers have identified the positions and forces needed to have maximum power for the type of effort provided: though races are calculated in minutes, training takes hours. The team members must therefore really be strong, especially since there will only be four of them on board, compared to eight grinders in the previous edition.”
Based on this information, the recruitment focused on the Swiss rowing and cycling federations. “The physical tests and the medical support at Hôpital de La Tour as well as track records of these athletes caught our attention; even if they don't have sailing experience, they excel in top-level sports, winning, and performance despite pressure,” says Frei. “Rowers are extremely versatile athletes due to their strength, power, and endurance. But we still had to explain to them what this event represents; it’s a career choice, a life choice.”

Alinghi Red Bull Racing – sailing crew

Age

Role

Maxime Bachelin

24

Driving group

Matias Bühler

39

Driving group

Arthur Cevey

26

Power group

Nicolas Charbonnier

41

Driving group

Lucien Cujean

32

Driving group

Barnabé Delarze

27

Power group

Yves Detrey

43

Driving group

Augustin Maillefer

29

Power group

Bryan Mettraux

31

Driving group

Arnaud Psarofaghis

33

Driving group

Nicolas Rolaz

22

Power group

Théry Schir

29

Power group

Nils Theuninck

25

Power group

Florian Trüb

28

Power group

Design team 

Nationality

Role

Marcelino Botin

ESP

Principal designer

Adolfo Carrau

URU

Design coordinator

Steven Robert

FRA

Structural engineer lead

Gautier Sergent

FRA

Sail designer

Joseph Ozanne

FRA

Simulator lead

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Maxime Bachelin

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Matías Bühler

MATÍAS BÜHLER HAS BEEN SAILING SINCE THE AGE OF …

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Arthur Cevey

He started sailing in 2012, after he discovered …

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Nicolas Charbonnier

He won two French titles before moving to the …

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Lucien Cujean

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Barnabé Delarze

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Yves Detrey

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Augustin Maillefer

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Arnaud Psarofaghis

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Nicolas Rolaz

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Théry Schir

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Nils Theuninck

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Florian Trüb

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