We now know the crew members who have been chosen to sail on board Alinghi Red Bull Racing.
They are Swiss, they are passionate, and there are 14 of them. These are crew members whom Arnaud Psarofaghis – who has been at the heart of the project since it started – knows well.
“Going on this adventure with friends I have known since childhood and people I have been working with for over 20 years is very exciting,” the 33-year-old Swiss sailor said. “Even if I have not necessarily sailed with them, this bond is a great advantage.
“We understand each other, which will make communication so much easier. And that is 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.”
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.