TEAMORIGIN decide not to work with Juan Kouyoumdjian for the 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 12 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team Origin] TEAMORIGIN today announced that discussions with Juan Yacht Design (JYD) for the 34th Americas Cup are not progressing. Grant Simmer, who joined TEAMORIGIN in June after 10 years with Alinghi in various senior management roles, including design coordinator, has been undertaking a review of the team’s design options.

Simmer holds a strong view that with a new design rule soon to be announced, teams need to be in a position to be able to build their design capabilities to reflect the new rule. As preparations for the next America’s Cup gather momentum several weeks of discussions have taken place between TEAMORIGIN and JYD. Last week however TEAMORIGIN decided to take an alternative approach than the one offered by JYD and as a result terminated discussions with JYD.

The first and last Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed yacht for Team Origin getting ready for the AUDI Medcup Barcelona event next week in the team’s base. Valencia, 9 July 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

7 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    He was a bit big for his boots around there!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    enter Rolf Vrolijk?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    This rumor has been around for a while.
    People inside the team have known this since early discussions with Simmer. Is hard to understand why took them so long to comunicate it.

    Expect some former Alinghi members to be announced…

  4. Anonymous Says:

    That is one step closer to winning the next AC. Well done Simmer. Some times it takes Ballsy moves.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Its to bad Dirk jumped over to BMW……. I hope Rolf does not, or will not…..

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Why should he?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Because they worked very close together with alinghi and BMW are grabbing the best out there..
    P.S. shame on you murry Jones……..


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