See images of the 90ft catamaran before its launch later in the week

Alinghi unveiled its 90ft catamaran at the weekend in Villeneuve, Switzerland. ( Read previous story here .) This represents the first steps in the team’s development towards the 33rd America’s Cup in February 2010. The boat will be launched by helicopter next week on Lake Geneva before the process of ‘debugging’ begins and the boat goes sailing for the first time.

Grant Simmer, design team coordinator, commented: “Firstly this boat only exists because of Ernesto Bertarelli’s 100% commitment to the team and his support and enthusiasm for this project. The boat demonstrates the talent and creativity of the designers and the skill and dedication of the boatbuilding and technical teams in building a boat of this complexity. Finally, and more recently, the sailing team has defined many of the systems; they have worked with the designers to define the simplest possible solutions for what is already a very complex boat.”

To see more images of the multihull, click here .