The months have flown by since our last update! Team Tilt made the most of the early part of the year to focus on fitness and physical training to be in the best possible shape for the 2014 racing season. And it is paying off, the team is currently focussed on the Decision 35 campaign on Lake Geneva and as we reach the season halfway mark, they are ranked fifth on the overall Vulcain Trophy leader board – just one point off the podium. The team is also launching a 49er Olympic campaign and is planning a second Youth America’s Cup challenge.
Decision 35: a mid-season update by Tanguy Cariou and Lucien Cujean (video)
With just one point between Team Tilt and a spot on the Vulcain Trophy D35 season championship podium, the young team’s goal to rock the circuit’s established hierarchy is gaining traction. “For the moment, we are on track,” said a delighted Tanguy Cariou who is both tactician and sports director. “We are on the attack which is good news for the rest of the season.”
Team Tilt had a satisfactory but inconsistent start to the D35 season but came out guns blazing at the second event to win the Open de Crans. “The team is improving on a daily basis, everyone is committed to the project and the structure that we have put in place and we are even managing to pose a threat to some of the established teams on the water,” added Cariou. “We had a bit of a disappointing Bol d’Or during which we led the fleet for a bit but then made a mistake at a crucial moment of the race and dropped back, the other teams are very experienced, but we have other attributes such as passion and youth!”
The forty-year-old joined the team at the start of the year and is enjoying every minute. “It is very different to previous projects I have been involved in, but in many ways, it is much more interesting to be working with young eager sailors. They have really accepted me into the fold and given me a new youthful lease on life!” he said laughing.
Please click here to watch an interview with the skipper Lucien Cujean about the first half of the season: http://youtu.be/CLHT3BgUzAo
The Open Nationale Suisse in Versoix from the 30-31 August is next on the Vulcain Trophy calendar.
The current provisional ranking:
1. Alinghi 11
2. Realstone 14
3. Ladycat 18
4. Mobimo 18
5. Team Tilt 19
6. Zen Too 25
7. Veltigroup 39
8. Okalys 39
9. Orx 45
10. Racing Django 48
11. Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier 54
Team Tilt launches a 49er Olympic campaign
Team Tilt is proud to announce a 49er Olympic campaign led by Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean. The duo will be targeting the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. “Since January we have been putting together the structure of the project, finding a coach and buying what we need,” explained 18-year-old Sebastien Schneiter who is the project helmsman. “We have begun the process of learning the boat but are only now starting the project properly.” Up until today, Sebastien has been focussed on his exams and with those successfully behind him it is time for the 49er!
“We will do two to three week sessions at different venues to train against other teams with a few days rest between each segment,” explained Schneiter. “We have a lot of work to do. We first need to learn how to sail a 49er (and keep it the right way up!) before we can even think about racing. It is a very unstable, twitchy and physical boat, which demands precision. It is also a very fast boat that you can have a lot of fun with!”
Tanguy Cariou will apply his ample Olympic experience to leading the project while Simon Hiscocks will coach the Swiss duo. “Simon is the best coach we could wish for! With two Olympic medals in the 49er class, he always has good advice and pushes us hard. The English approach is very different from the Swiss one, but that is doing us a lot of good!” said Sebastien.
Depending on the team’s progress, Sebastien and Lucien will race the UK nationals and the ISAF Worlds in Santander in the autumn, but without performance aims.
The Olympic campaign is a return to their roots for the two sailors who campaigned the Laser to the highest level in the past. Fellow teammates on the Team Tilt D35, Jocelyn Keller and Jeremy Bachelin, also raced dinghies as part of the Swiss Sailing Team.
A perfect boat courtesy of Sebastien Stephant
Team Tilt’s results would not be possible without a perfect boat and the crew have Sebastien Stephant, Switzerland’s favourite Breton to thank for this.
Sebastien, who manages the Decision 35 ashore, works tirelessly to keep the boat in race condition. He takes care of all the technical preparation, fixes any damage, optimises the boat within the rules and gives technical advice. “It is the little details that make a difference,” he said. And with a diploma in race boat maintenance from the Brittany Institut Nautique, he is well placed to make such a statement. Sebastien spends two weeks a month in Switzerland to look after the multihull. “I room at Alex Schneiter’s house to be as close as possible to the boat,” joked the 37-year-old sailor. “Team Tilt is a great team, they have a great boat and are racing a circuit where every boat is in pristine condition. The means that I have access to, to keep our boat in perfect racing condition, are worthy of a professional team – it is superb!” he added.
Sebastien has adapted his way of working to suit the young team. “I also have a teaching role in the team,” he explained. “My goal is to transfer my knowledge to them so that they eventually become self-sufficient.” The young team appreciates his approach and his work: “Sebastien is an integral part of the team,” said Team Tilt trimmer, Jeremy Bachelin. “We can have a laugh with him, but he is very professional and he expects us to do our work well. He keeps a close eye on us!”
He may be a member of the shore crew this season, but Sebastien is above all a sailor in his own right. “My role with Team Tilt is a very rewarding professional experience, but I would love to sail again.”
To learn more about Sebastien, please go to: teamtiltsailing.ch/en/team/Sebastien-stephant-en/
Second edition of the Youth America’s Cup is confirmed
On 3 June 2014, Oracle Team USA announced that there would be a second edition of the Youth America’s Cup much to the delight of Team Tilt team manager, Alex Schneiter.
The defender, after retaining the Cup against all the odds last September, announced that the Youth America’s Cup would be part of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 and that the event format would be published by 31 December 2014.
“It is excellent news for the team,” said Alex Schneiter. “We will be closely following developments. We know the event will be in 2017 in either San Diego, Chicago or Bermuda, which gives us time to recruit our best Swiss talent and to approach this second edition with firm goals.”
It is likely that the wing-masted AC45 will be used for the Youth America’s Cup again, which will give Team Tilt a real advantage in terms of knowing the catamaran.
The defender also announced an AC45 World Series but didn’t specify whether that competition would be for the Youth teams or the America’s Cup teams. “If the circuit is also open to the youth teams, then it will be a great opportunity for Team Tilt to train against the others,” added Schneiter.
With a fourth place in the inaugural edition of the Youth America’s Cup after just 12 months preparation time, Team Tilt is excited at the prospect of a second opportunity!
The Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup which will be raced on AC62 flying machines, is available here for download: http://www.americascup.com/en/news/92_Who-s-up-for-the-challenge-Protocol-released-for-35th-America-s-Cup.html
Team Tilt carries the colours of Cardis Immobilier | Sotheby’s International Realty
Team Tilt, sponsored by Julius Baer and the Jiva Hill Park Hotel for over a year, is proud to welcome a new partner to the family in 2014 with the announcement of Cardis Immobilier | Sotheby’s International Realty. CEO, Philippe Cardis, a passionate sailor himself, followed the Team Tilt adventure in San Francisco closely last year: “I admire what these young sailors achieved at the Youth America’s Cup,” he said. “When I learned that the team would continue this year with a Decision 35 campaign, I decided to support their superb project led by my friend Alex Schneiter.”
Philippe has sailed many nautical miles with Alex Schneiter, both inshore and offshore over the years. “It is great to see some new faces on the Decision 35 circuit,” added Cardis, who started it 10 years ago. He also broke the Ruban Bleu record in 2007 alongside Alex Schneiter – a record that was only recently toppled this year by Hydros.ch.
On the 1 January 2014, after 20 years as Rham | Sotheby’s International Realty, the company became Cardis Immobilier | Sotheby’s International Realty, the region’s real estate market leader. “The Team Tilt concept represents our company values,” said Cardis. “They are dynamic, athletic, professional and committed. The standard on the Decision 35 circuit this year is very high, so Team Tilt should be proud of what it has achieved in the first half of the season!” For more information, please go to: www.cardis.ch
14 June: Bol d’Or Mirabaud, Geneva – 6th
8-9 June: Open de Versoix, Versoix – 3rd
7 June: Geneva-Rolle-Geneva, Geneva – 4th
24-25 May: Open de Crans, Crans-pres-Celigny – 1st
9-11 May: Grand Prix des Ambassadeurs, Geneva – 5th