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Sailing veteran Peter Gilmour joins America's Cup defender Alinghi as coach

Sailing veteran Peter Gilmour joins America's Cup defender Alinghi as coach

Australian veteran Peter Gilmour will help coach America's Cup champion Alinghi.
Gilmour, a match racing specialist, has been part of five America's Cup campaigns, including two bids as skipper in 1987 and 1992.
"We look forward to having Peter Gilmour on board as a consultant to provide us with a fresh, objective analysis of our performance," Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth said Monday.
The Swiss team was the surprise winner of the 2003 race, and 11 other teams are competing for the chance to challenge Alinghi for the oldest trophy in international sports during the 32nd America's Cup final, which starts June 23.
"I am really looking forward to this role," Glimour said. "There is a formidable line up of challengers vying to get themselves into the match. As a team, Alinghi was the most admired and complete group in the 2003 Cup and has maintained this pre-eminent position."
Alinghi will meet the rest of the fleet in one series of regattas this year, in the final round _ Louis Vuitton Act 13 on April 3-7 _ of a series of warmup races that started in 2004.
After that, the Swiss will watch from the shore and practice on their own while the other 11 race in the Louis Vuitton Cup to decide which team gets to meet Alinghi in the one-on-one America's Cup final. Emirates Team New Zealand currently leads the rankings with 125 points, followed by U.S. entry BMW Oracle Racing with 123 and Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge with 118.
Butterworth said outside advice from someone like Gilmour was crucial to honing the team, since it will not be able to test itself against rivals after the April races.
"Bringing in an outsider of Peter's caliber will hopefully bring some new ideas and a critical analysis of our match race skills," Butterworth said.
Alinghi's new racing yacht, with sail number SUI-100, arrived in Valencia on Friday after training and testing in Dubai.
The America's Cup is named for its first winner, the yacht America, in 1851.
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