When a nation without sea surprises all
The home team means business in the SSL Gold Cup, will use all of its local knowledge to be faster than the challengers from abroad, and holds the trophy right in the first edition.
Located in the middle of Europe, Switzerland has a strong tradition in sailing on its various lakes and on the seas of the world. After the Whitbread Round the World Race in the eighties and early nineties, with a win in elapsed time for UBS Switzerland, Swiss sailors are also present in Ocean races like the Vendée Globe, Around Alone, with Bernard Stamm winning in 2002, as well as the Route du Rhum and Transat Jaques Vabre.
The perception of Switzerland as a sailing nation radically changed after Alinghi’s win in the America’s Cup, who went on to successfully defend the Cup in Valencia. Switzerland became the first European country to win the America’s Cup, increasing the popularity of sailing and giving the sailing community a strong boost.
Switzerland is also famous for its technological leadership, with many innovations in sailing having their origin around Lake Geneva, namely sail production technologies like 3DL and 3Di.