Ernesto Bertarelli deserves the honour to be inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. His two America’s Cup wins in 2003 and 2007  with Alinghi and the organization of the 32nd edition in Valencia 2007 will last among the gold era of the America’s Cup.Will Alinghi race again the Cup in a near future? We don’t know, but the foiling evolution and the possibility that in 2017 the Cup will stand in new hands could help…

Ernesto Bertarelli with the AC Hall of Fame chairman R. Steven Tsuchiya. Photo Borlenghi

Ernesto Bertarelli with the AC Hall of Fame chairman R. Steven Tsuchiya. Photo Borlenghi

In a ceremony at the historic New York Yacht Club, Friday 21st October, Alinghi’s Ernesto Bertarelli was officially inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, which honours those individuals who have made “outstanding contributions to yachting’s most distinguished competition”. Also inducted – posthumously – was the Lord Dunraven, a family member of whom accepted the award in recognition of his exploits in the America’s Cup competitions of the late nineteenth century.

Ernesto was selected to join this exclusive group of Hall of Fame sailors as “the first Cup winner from continental Europe, for having produced the 32nd Cup in Valencia – “among the most successful events in the competition’s post-war history and for having a vision for the America’s Cup that “clearly broke boundaries”. The Selection Committee further concluded that, “alongside his achievements in other highly competitive circuits”, he has “demonstrated a depth of ability to build talented teams and a remarkable determination to win. He has created a new winning tradition in Swiss sailing and has both inspired and invested in the next generation of his nation’s sailors.”

Bertarelli with some of the historical Alinghi team members: Ed Baird, Brad Butterworth, Dirk Kramer, Judel Vrolijk, Jochen Schuemann, Grant Simmer. Foto Borlenghi

Bertarelli with some of the historical Alinghi team members: Ed Baird, Brad Butterworth, Dirk Kramer, Judel Vrolijk, Jochen Schuemann, Grant Simmer. Foto Borlenghi

Speaking about the honour, Ernesto said:

“As a member of the New York Yacht Club it is a great honour to be welcomed here and to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The America’s Cup is the holy grail of our sport and the NYYC, more so than any other club, has been integral to its history. To think that I, even in a small way, could have contributed to its history is a special and humbling honour, something I never thought would happen.

“The journey that has brought me here was not a solo expedition, but rather one made possible – and shared – by the hundreds of people whose talent, passion and dedication made the Alinghi Team. To them all, I say, remember the mission that we set ourselves all those years ago: ‘We want to build a team to be proud of’. We did it!”