Société Nautique de Genève
The Société Nautique de Genève is a yacht club based in Geneva. It was founded in 1872 with the goal of developing nautical sports and high level sailors; the club has about 3000 members. The club held the America's Cup from 2003 until 2010, staging one successful defense in 2007 with its Alinghi syndicate; the club is active in yacht racing and high-performance catamarans have been developed for the lake. The design of Alinghi 5, the defender of the 2010 America's Cup, was influenced by those racing catamarans; the best-known event, the "Bol d'Or" runs from Geneva to the end of the back. America's Cup Management announced on 5 July 2007 that the protocol for the 2010 America's Cup had been agreed between the defending yacht club, the Société Nautique de Genève of Switzerland and Challenger of Record, Club Náutico Español de Vela of Spain; however this arrangement did not survive a legal challenge from BMW Oracle Racing, who argued that Club Náutico Español de Vela was not a valid Challenger of Record due to non-compliance with the terms of the America's Cup Deed of Gift.
After extensive court action, Golden Gate Yacht Club was declared Challenger of Record and sailed against Société Nautique de Genève, in the 2010 America's Cup during February 2010, in Valencia, Spain. The competing boats, Alinghi 5 and USA 17 were both 90-foot multihulls. USA 17's rigid wing sail provided a decisive advantage and USA 17 won the first two races in a best of three race contest to win 2010 America's Cup on behalf of the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Website of the Société Nautique de Genève
Yachting refers to the use of recreational boats and ships called yachts for sporting purposes. Yachts are distinguished from working ships by their leisure purpose. Both terms originate from the Dutch word jacht. With sailboats, it is called sailing, with motorboats, it is called powerboating; the invention of sailing is prehistoric, but the racing of sailing boats is believed to have started in the Netherlands some time in the 17th century. Soon, in England, custom-built racing "yachts" began to emerge. In 1851, the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes challenged the American yacht America; the race took place in the Solent. The America won the race and took the trophy, the America's Cup, back to the US where, held by the New York Yacht Club, it remained until 1983; the cup was lost to the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Australia, which entered the Australia II into the contest. Meanwhile, yacht racing continued to evolve, with the development of recognised classes of racing yachts, from small dinghies up to huge maxi yachts.
Although there are many different types of racing vessels, they can be separated into the larger yachts, which are larger and contain facilities for extended voyages, smaller harbour racing craft such as dinghies and skiffs. Smaller boats are not referred to as yachts, although all recreational boats are yachts; these days, yacht racing and dinghy racing are common participant sports around the developed world where favorable wind conditions and access to reasonably sized bodies of water are available. Most yachting is conducted in salt water, but smaller craft can be raced on lakes and large rivers. Dinghy races are conducted on sheltered water on smaller craft with crews of between one and three people; the common arrangement for racing boats is a boat with one mast. Some dinghies have only one triangular sail. Most races are conducted between vessels of identical design. In these races, with identical equipment the sailors best able to make use of the ambient conditions win. Dinghy designs vary from small and slow craft for novice sailors to lightweight, high-speed designs that are difficult for experienced crews to sail safely and effectively.
Australia's 18-foot skiff class are the fastest monohull dinghies, reaching speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour in light winds. Sailing has a reputation for being a boring spectator sport, but skiff racing can be exciting in unpredictable conditions where crews struggle to keep their boats upright. Various multi-hull racing classes are faster. Various one-design dinghy classes are raced at the Summer Olympic Games. Larger yachts are raced on harbours, but the most prestigious yacht races are point-to-point long distance races on the open ocean. Bad weather makes finishing such races a considerable test of equipment and willpower, from time to time boats and sailors are lost at sea; the longest such events are "round-the-world" races which can take months to complete, but better-known are events such as the Fastnet race in the United Kingdom and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race along the east coast of Australia. Large races are organized with a first-past-the-post trophy and under a handicap system that adjusts finishing times for the relative speeds of the boats' design, theoretically offering each entrant an equal chance.
While sailing groups organize the most active and popular competitive yachting, other boating events are held worldwide: speed motor boat racing. Specialized yachts, such as hydrofoils, hovercrafts, or personal watercrafts engage in competitions involving test of equipment and skill. All such events are part of the larger world of yachting, if they are done for recreational or sporting purposes. Common commercial uses of watercraft, which would not be referred to as yachting, include commercial fishing, operation of ferries, military applications. In these cases, larger vessels are referred to as ships, smaller vessels as either ships or boats, although boat is a generic term that could be applied to a recreational yacht or a commercial or military vessel of smaller size. Cruising involves traveling on a boat, whether across a bay, on the Great Lakes or from island to island in the South Pacific. Safe cruising across long distances requires a degree of self-sufficiency and a wide range of skills beyond handling the boat.
Knowledge of topics such as navigation, meteorology and electrical systems, first aid, sea survival and more are needed and can be life saving when cruising to distant shores. In the US, the United States Power Squadrons offer certifications in these skills. In the UK, a system of certification is run by the Royal Yachting Association. Similar systems are offered by organizations in other countries and include a range of courses, both theoretical and practical. Boating Classic Boat Museum Cruising Dinghy racing Dinghy sailing Luxury yacht Sailing Yacht charter Yacht club Yacht racing Media related to Yachting at Wikimedia Commons
The America's Cup, affectionately known as the Auld Mug, is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America's Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that holds the America's Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club, challenging for the cup; the timing of each match is determined by an agreement between the challenger. The America's Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy, it will next be raced for in the southern summer, in the early part of 2021. The cup was awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom, won by the schooner America. Known as the'R. Y. S. £100 Cup', the trophy was renamed the'America's Cup' after the yacht and was donated to the New York Yacht Club under the terms of the Deed of Gift, which made the cup available for perpetual international competition. Any yacht club that meets the requirements specified in the deed of gift has the right to challenge the yacht club that holds the cup.
If the challenging club wins the match, it gains stewardship of the cup. The history and prestige associated with the America's Cup attracts not only the world's top sailors and yacht designers but the involvement of wealthy entrepreneurs and sponsors, it is a test not only of sailing skill and boat and sail design, but of fundraising and management skills. The trophy was held by the NYYC from 1857 until 1983; the NYYC defended the trophy twenty-four times in a row before being defeated by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, represented by the yacht Australia II. The NYYC's reign was the longest winning streak in the history of all sports. From the first defence of the cup in 1870 through the twentieth defence in 1967, there was always only one challenger. In 1970, for the first time, there were multiple challengers, so the NYYC agreed that the challengers could run a selection series with the winner becoming the official challenger and competing against the defender in the America's Cup match. Since 1983, Louis Vuitton has sponsored the Louis Vuitton Cup as a prize for the winner of the challenger selection series.
Early matches for the cup were raced between yachts 65–90 ft on the waterline owned by wealthy sportsmen. This culminated with the J-Class regattas of the 1930s. After World War II and twenty years without a challenge, the NYYC made changes to the deed of gift to allow smaller, less expensive 12-metre class yachts to compete, it was replaced in 1990 by the International America’s Cup Class, used until 2007. After a long legal battle, the 2010 America's Cup was raced in 90 ft waterline multihull yachts in a best of three "deed of gift" match in Valencia, Spain; the victorious Golden Gate Yacht Club elected to race the 2013 America's Cup in AC72 foiling, wing-sail catamarans. Golden Gate Yacht Club defended the cup; the 35th America's Cup match was announced to be sailed in 50 ft foiling catamarans. The history of the America's Cup has included legal battles and disputes over rule changes including most over the rule changes for the 2017 America's Cup; the America's Cup is held by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, who will stage the 36th defence of the Cup in 2021.
The Cup is an ornate sterling silver bottomless ewer crafted in 1848 by Garrard & Co. Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey bought one and donated it for the Royal Yacht Squadron's 1851 Annual Regatta around the Isle of Wight, it was known as the "R. Y. S. £100 Cup", standing for a cup of a hundred GB Pounds or "sovereigns" in value. The cup was subsequently mistakenly engraved as the "100 Guinea Cup" by the America syndicate, but was referred to as the "Queen's Cup". Today, the trophy is known as the "America's Cup" after the 1851 winning yacht, is affectionately called the "Auld Mug" by the sailing community, it is inscribed with names of the yachts that competed for it, has been modified twice by adding matching bases to accommodate more names. In 1851 Commodore John Cox Stevens, a charter member of the fledgling New York Yacht Club, formed a six-person syndicate to build a yacht with intention of taking her to England and making some money competing in yachting regattas and match races.
The syndicate contracted with pilot boat designer George Steers for a 101 ft schooner, christened America and launched on 3 May 1851. On 22 August 1851, America raced against 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron in the Club's annual 53-nautical-mile regatta around the Isle of Wight. America won. Apocryphally, Queen Victoria, watching at the finish line, was reported to have asked, second, the famous answer being: "Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second."The surviving members of the America syndicate donated the cup via the Deed of Gift of the America's Cup to the NYYC on 8 July 1857, specifying that it be held in trust as a perpetual challenge trophy to promote friendly competition among nations. No challenge to race for the Cup was issued until British railway tycoon James Lloyd Ashbury's topsail schooner Cambria beat the Yankee schooner Sappho in the Solent in 1868; this success encouraged the Royal Thames Yacht Club in believing that the cup could be brought back home, placed the first challenge in 1870.
Ashbury entered Cambria in the NYYC Queen's Cup race in New York City on 8 August against a fleet of seventeen
Jacques René Chirac is a French politician who served as President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 1995 to 2007. Chirac was Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988, as well as Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. After completing his degree at Sciences Po, a term at Harvard University, the École nationale d'administration, Chirac began his career as a high-level civil servant, entered politics shortly after. Chirac occupied various senior positions, including Minister of Agriculture and Minister of the Interior. Chirac's internal policies included lower tax rates, the removal of price controls, strong punishment for crime and terrorism, business privatisation. After pursuing these policies in his second term as Prime Minister, he changed his views, he argued for more responsible economic policies, was elected President in the 1995 presidential election with 52.6% of the vote in the second round, beating Socialist Lionel Jospin, after campaigning on a platform of healing the "social rift".
Chirac's economic policies, based on dirigisme, allowing for state-directed investment, stood in opposition to the laissez-faire policies of the United Kingdom under the ministries of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, which Chirac famously described as "Anglo-Saxon ultraliberalism". He is known for his stand against the American-led assault on Iraq, his recognition of the collaborationist French Government's role in deporting Jews, his reduction of the presidential term from 7 years to 5 through a referendum in 2000. At the 2002 French presidential election, he won 82.2% of the vote in the second round against the far-right candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen. During his second term, however, he had a low approval rating, was considered one of the least popular presidents in modern French history. On 15 December 2011, the Paris court declared Chirac guilty of diverting public funds and abusing public confidence, gave him a two-year suspended prison sentence. Chirac, born in the Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire clinic, is the son of Abel François Marie Chirac, a successful executive for an aircraft company, Marie-Louise Valette, a housewife.
His great grandparents on both sides were peasants, but his two grandfathers were teachers from Sainte-Féréole in Corrèze. According to Chirac, his name "originates from the langue d'oc, that of the troubadours, therefore that of poetry", he is a Roman Catholic. Chirac was an only child, he was educated in Paris at a private school. He attended the Lycée Carnot and the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. After his baccalauréat, he served for three months as a sailor on a coal-transporter. Chirac played rugby union for Brive's youth team, played at university level, he played second row. In 1956, he married Bernadette Chodron de Courcel, with whom he had two daughters: Laurence and Claude. Claude has long worked as a public relations assistant and personal adviser, while Laurence, who suffered from anorexia nervosa in her youth, did not participate in the political activities of her father. Chirac is the grandfather of Martin Rey-Chirac by the relationship of Claude with French judoka Thierry Rey. Jacques and Bernadette Chirac have a foster daughter, Anh Dao Traxel.
Inspired by General Charles de Gaulle, Chirac started to pursue a civil service career in the 1950s. During this period, he joined the French Communist Party, sold copies of L'Humanité, took part in meetings of a communist cell. In 1950, he signed the Soviet-inspired Stockholm Appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons – which led him to be questioned when he applied for his first visa to the United States. In 1953, after graduating from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, he attended Harvard University's summer school, before entering the ENA, the Grande école National School of Administration, which trains France's top civil servants, in 1957. Chirac trained as a reserve military officer in armoured cavalry at Saumur, where he was ranked first in his year, he volunteered to fight in the Algerian War, using personal connections to be sent despite the reservations of his superiors. His superiors did not want to make him an officer. After leaving the ENA in 1959, he became a civil servant in the Court of Auditors.
In April 1962, Chirac was appointed head of the personal staff of Prime Minister Georges Pompidou. This appointment launched Chirac's political career. Pompidou considered Chirac his protégé, referred to him as "my bulldozer" for his skill at getting things done; the nickname "Le Bulldozer" caught on in French political circles, where it referred to his abrasive manner. As late as the 1988 presidential election, Chirac maintained this reputation. In 1995 an anonymous British diplomat said Chirac "cuts through the crap and comes straight to the point... It's refreshing, although you have to put your seat belt on when you work with him". At Pompidou's suggestion, Chirac ran as a Gaullist for a seat in the National Assembly in 1967, he was elected deputy for a stronghold of the left. This surprising victory in the context of a Gaullist ebb permitted him to enter the government as Minister of Social Affairs. Although Chirac was well-situated in de Gaulle's entourage, being related by marriage to the general's sole companion at the time of the Appeal of 18 June 1940, he was more of a "Pompidolian" than a "Gaullist".
When student and worker unrest rocked France in May 1968, Chirac played a central role in negotiating a truce. As state secr
Kirsty Bertarelli is a songwriter, former Miss UK and wife of Ernesto Bertarelli, an Italian-born Swiss businessman, the owner of biotech giant Serono until 2007 and winner of the America's Cup in 2003 and 2007 with his yachting syndicate Alinghi. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2017 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK, her husband's family were placed 6th with an estimated fortune of £11.5bn, making her Britain's richest woman. In Swiss's BILANZ magazine's ranking of the wealthiest people in Switzerland, her husband's family were placed 4th with an estimated fortune of over CHF11 billion. Born in the United Kingdom, Kirsty spent her childhood in Stone in Staffordshire, her family owns one of the world's major manufacturers of Churchill China. She was crowned Miss UK in 1988, giving her the right to compete in the 1988 Miss World pageant where she placed 2nd runner-up. After moving to London, she was signed on to Warner Records. Kirsty was married to Ernesto Bertarelli in 2000; the couple and their children live in Switzerland, where she supports several charities, notably the Smiling Children Foundation, plays an active role with the Bertarelli Foundation.
Recent projects include a research Centre for Neuroprosthetics at the EPFL university in Lausanne, a partnership with the British government supporting the marine reserve in the Chagos Archipelago, a joint research and education programme in neuroscience between Harvard Medical School and EPFL. They are the owners of the 314-foot yacht Vava II. In 2000, she co-wrote "Black Coffee"; the song became a worldwide hit. It was number one in the UK chart, reached the Top 10 in seven other countries and featured in various international charts for 20 weeks. Always interested and involved in music, Bertarelli has continued to write songs, she recorded some of her songs for the UK-Swiss charity Smiling Children Foundation and Le Matin described her as having a "golden voice". Universal Music decided to sign her; the first single, "Don’t Say", was released digitally through online stores on 9 December 2009. Her debut album Elusive was published on 15 January 2010, entering the Swiss charts in the 20th position.
Throughout 2010, Bertarelli published two more singles in Switzerland. She had several live performances, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and opening acts for Simply Red in Edinburgh and Zürich. In 2011, a remix of her conservation song "Green" was chosen by the WWF to be their anthem to mark the Fund's 50th year of conservation at their annual Panda Ball. Bertarelli donated all proceeds from the single to WWF to support their ongoing conservation projects around the world; the song is included in the acoustic album Green, first released as an iTunes digital download in February 2012. Proceeds from the album are being donated to the WWF, as part of her continuing support for the organization. 2011 saw the release of her single "Set Your Body Free", which included remixes from Loverush UK!, Jason van Wyk, Full Intention and Nova. In January 2012, Bertarelli signed a long-term exclusive music deal with Sony/ATV Music publishing and collaborated with world-renowned trance DJ Armin van Buuren.
Van Buuren’s remix of Kirsty’s song “Twilight” was in dance charts for 9 weeks, peaking at #2 on Music Week’s club chart. This collaboration has continued, with van Buuren producing Kirsty’s new single “Free of War”. Bertarelli released her next album titled Love Is, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, her latest album, called Indigo Shores, was released on 12 May 2014 following her signing by Decca Records in the autumn of 2013. Bertarelli Foundation Kirsty's Music website Evening Standard: "The ballad of the billionaire" The Telegraph: "Britain's richest woman wins council approval for mega basement at £10m Westminster home"
Gstaad is a town in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland. It is part of the municipality of Saanen and is known as a major ski resort and a popular destination amongst high society and the international jet set; the winter campus of the Institute Le Rosey is located in Gstaad. Gstaad is located 1,050 metres above sea level. During the Middle Ages it was part of the district of Saanen belonging to the Savoyard county of Gruyère; the town core developed at the fork in the trails into the Vaud. It had an inn, a warehouse for storing trade goods and oxen to help pull wagons over the alpine passes by the 13th-14th centuries; the St. Nicholas chapel was built in the town in 1402, while the murals are from the second half of the 15th century; the town was dominated by cattle farming and agriculture until the great fire of 1898. It was rebuilt to support the growing tourism industry; the construction of the Montreux-Oberland Bernois railroad in 1905 and the construction of ski runs.
The first ski school in Gstaad opened in 1923. In a short time, there were more than 1,000 hotel beds in the region; the residents, hoteliers and tourist offices helped to promote Gstaad to international attention. They supported the construction of ice rinks, tennis courts, swimming pools, ski jumps, ski and hiking areas; the first ski lifts at Funi opened in 1934-44 and was followed by a number of gondolas and chair lifts. The Gstaad Palace opened in 1913 as Gstaad's first luxury hotel. In 1942 the Saanen-Gstaad airfield was opened for civil aviation. Helicopter rides were added and in 1980 balloon flights became available as well. During the World Wars and the Great Depression, the tourism industry suffered and many hotels closed. After World War II, many of the large hotels remained closed, but they were replaced with a number of smaller non-hotel accommodation. Most of the modern resorts and small hotels are built out of wood and retain traditional design elements; the Gstaad Polo Club was founded in 1992.
According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gstaad has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps. Situated in the Berner Oberland, Gstaad is home to one of the largest ski areas in the Alps; the middle of the village features a picturesque promenade bounded by numerous shops, art galleries, hotels. Designer labels including Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Brunello Cucinelli, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, Cartier all have stores in Gstaad, while many smaller boutiques stock labels such as Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Tod's, Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs. Long known for its walking and hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, the mountain air and ambiance attracts guests year round from around the world. Gstaad is known for its ski and cross-country slopes and winter hiking trails. Gstaad, named "The Place" by Time magazine in the 1960s, is known for its famous part-time residents and vacationers. Famous regular visitors to Gstaad have included Madonna, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, haute couture designer Valentino Garavani, writer William F. Buckley, Jr. and various members of the House of Cavendish.
Many British bands and musicians would play at a club in Gstaad, in the 1960s and 1970s. Gstaad is known for its luxury hotels, among them the Grand Hotel Park, the Alpina Gstaad, the Gstaad Palace, the Grand Hotel Bellevue, the Hotel Olden, the Arc En Ciel. In Gstaad, the following regular events are held: the New Year Music Festival of Gstaad, held by the Princess Caroline Murat the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad classical music winter series the Snow Bike Festival, a winter snow biking event the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour - 1to1 energy Grand Slam, beach volleyball tournament the Swiss Open, tennis tournament the Ladies Championship Gstaad, tennis tournament the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, classical music the Hublot Polo Gold Cup, polo tournament the Country Night Gstaad the Gstaad Promenade Party in September the Christmas Market Circus in December the International Week - Hot Air Ballooning in January the Gstaad Mountain Rides Open in January Several boarding schools are located in or have a campus in Gstaad: Institute Le Rosey John F. Kennedy International School Gstaad International School in Gstaad, closed in June, 2014.
It is scheduled to be redeveloped into Surval Gstaad. Current and former residents of Gstaad include: Alinghi yachting syndicate boss Ernesto Bertarelli and actress Julie Andrews, Formula One Holdings owner Bernie Ecclestone, French actress Jeanne Moreau, French singer Johnny Hallyday, columnist Taki Theodoracopulos, actors Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Roger Moore, Jane Randolph and Peter Sellers, children's author Richard Scarry, businessmen George Soros and Steve Wynn, directors Roman Polanski and Blake Edwards, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, modern artist Balthus, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, British jewellery designer Andrew Grima, Swiss philanthropist Philipp Braunwalder and Filip Peters. "Swiss Miss," the second-season premiere of the American animated television series Archer, takes place in Gstaad. Richard Scarry had a studio in Gstaad. Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti was an occasional visitor to Gstaad; some scenes of Blake Edwards' movie Th
Alinghi 5 is a 90 ft, 90 ft beam sloop-rigged catamaran built by Alinghi for the 33rd America's Cup. She was launched on 8 July 2009 when she was lifted from the construction shed in Villeneuve, Vaud by a Mil Mi-26 helicopter and carried to Lake Geneva, she was subsequently carried to Italy. At the end of September 2009, the boat was shipped to Ras al Khaimah, the venue selected by the defender for the 33rd America's Cup. At the end of October 2009, the New York Supreme Court ruled that the venue of Ras al Khaimah was not compliant with the Deed of Gift. After various discussions, Société Nautique de Genève agreed that the venue would be Valencia, Spain. An appeal by SNG regarding the venue was rejected and Alinghi 5 was shipped at the end of December 2009 from Ras al Khaimah to Valencia, where she arrived on 5 January 2010. Designed by Rolf Vrolijk and an Alinghi design team headed by Grant Simmer, Alinghi 5 was built in Villeneuve, Switzerland, by Alinghi-Décision and required more than 100,000 hours of work.
The mast is 62 metres tall. An engine installed at the back of the boat provides power for the winches; when sailing upwind, the boat can sail at less than 20 degrees off the apparent wind. During a training run, Alinghi 5 covered 20 nautical miles to windward and back in 2.5 hours in 8–9-knot winds, so her average velocity made good was 16 knots, about 1.9 times the wind speed. Alinghi 5 sails so fast downwind that the apparent wind she generates is only 5–6 degrees different from when she is racing upwind. An explanation of this phenomenon can be found in the article on sailing faster than the wind; the design of the yacht was influenced by that of racing catamarans developed for regattas on Lake Geneva. The first race of the 2010 America's Cup took place on 12 February 2010. Alinghi 5 lost the race to the challenger, USA 17. Alinghi 5 was ahead by 1:27 at the start, but was behind by 3:21 at the windward mark and by about 10 minutes at the finish, her official finish time was 15:28 behind the winner because Alinghi 5 had to perform a penalty turn, having failed to stay clear at the start.
Winds were 5–10 knots. Alinghi 5 reached the windward mark in 1h32, so her velocity made good was about 13 knots, or about 1.7 times wind speed. Alinghi 5 took 691⁄2 minutes to reach the downwind mark, so her velocity made good downwind was about 17 knots, or about 2.3 times wind speed. On 14 February 2010, Alinghi 5 lost the second race, thus the America's Cup, again by a considerable margin though she appeared to sail better upwind than on the first day, thanks to a fuller mainsail combined with a smaller jib. Alinghi 5 was behind by 0:24 at the start, by 0:28 at the windward mark, by 2:44 at the gybe mark, by over 2 minutes at the finish, her official finish time was 5:26 behind the winner because Alinghi 5 had to perform a penalty turn, having entered the pre-start area too soon. Winds were 7 to 8 knots. Alinghi 5 reached the windward mark in 59 minutes, so her velocity made good was about 13.2 knots, or about 1.8 times wind speed. The course was a triangle, so the velocity made good downwind was only 11.1 knots, or about 1.5 times wind speed.
Alinghi 5 averaged 25.2 knots, or about 3.4 times the wind speed, on the faster first triangular leg. Most observers stated, she could be seen on Google Maps while trialing on Lake Geneva, but disappeared with the imagery update of 2011. Using the Measurement tool in Google Maps renders her 110 feet LOA and 75 feet beam. Www.americascup.com