Do you have sailing fever? It seems all of the San Francisco Bay Area is gearing up for America’s Cup 2013. We are too, and we’re so proud to announce that Switzerland’s Team Tilt has qualified to compete in the Youth America’s Cup taking place September 1-4. Not bad for a landlocked country!
On Thursday, August 29, meet the team’s young sailors, all under 24 years old, and visit their state-of-the-art vessel. Hear about the technology behind the “wings” of the modern racing boat and learn how the athlete’s are preparing for the final races.
This event is a collaboration between swissnex San Francisco, MaxComm Communication, Team Tilt, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.
6:00 pm meet in front of Pier 30/32
6:30 pm visit the boat with the team members
7:00 pm transfer to Delancey Street Foundation
7:30 pm team Tilt’s film screening, team member presentations, and Q&A
9:00 pm reception and refreshments
10:00 pm event ends
Alex is the Team Leader of this year’s Swiss Team for the Youth America’s Cup. He was named Offshore Skipper of the Year in 1989. Alex is a six-time winner of the Bol d’Or, on Lake Geneva, both in mono and multihulls. He won the M2 Speed Tour twice as a skipper. During the past two years, Alex sailed in both the M2 & Extreme 40 Classes. He is the Chairman of the Board of Swiss Sailing Team (National Team).
At only 23 years old, Lionel Vaucher is grinder for the Swiss Team Tilt and participating in the Youth America’s Cup. As a member of Geneva’s Regatta Training Center (CER), Lionel was part of the crew that won the Tour de France à la voile in 2012 in the amateur category. He finished 3rd in the Primo Cup in the Surprise Class, and won the Championnat du Leman in the Esse 8.50 Class. He also took 4th place in the Esse 850 Worlds in 2012.
Lucien Cujean, the skipper of Team Tilt, started sailing on multihulls in 2007 on the Decision 35 Foncia. He was part of the team who won the amateur title in the Tour de France à la voile in 2012, as helmsman on board Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention. Lucien also competed in the Rolex Sydnez Hobart 2011. Last but not least, Lucien was a member of the Swiss national sailing team from 2006 to 2010 in the Laser Class; he competed in two ISAF Youth Wolrd Championships as well as in the ISAF World Cup 2009-2010.
Despite his young age of 24, Arnaud, the coach of Team Tilt, has already been involed in numerous international yacht racing events. He began sailing at the age of four. He won the Alinghi Swiss Tour when he was barely 17 years old. Nowadays, Arnaud divides his time between the Moth foiler (he is the 2008 and 2009 European champion). He also won the M2 Speed Tour in 2009 and the Decision 35 season in 2012. He sails on the AC45 with Energy Team, and competes in the Extreme 40 Class.
Sophia studied at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland, where she has earned a Masters in International Management. She worked as a sports journalist at Leman Bleu Television, based in Geneva. She now works at MaxComm Communication, where she is responsible for Team Tilt’s communication. Sophia moderates the event.
Team Tilt sailing is the Swiss challenger for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The event will take place in September 2013 in San Francisco, alongside the America’s Cup. It is aimed at young talented sailors from all over the world (under 25 yo). Team Tilt has been training throughout the winter in Switzerland, on board of a Decision 35 catamaran. It competes in the Vulcain Trophy and the TeamWork M2 Speed Tour on Lake Geneva, and the impressive Extreme 40 Series. The team will carry on training hard until the Youth America’s Cup. Team Tilt carries the colors of Jivahill Park Hotel and TAG Heuer. It competes for, and forms part of, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), with the support of Swiss Sailing. For more information: teamtiltsailing.ch
Photo: Myleen Hollero