Team Alinghi signs contract with Harken

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Team Alinghi has selected Harken Yacht Equipment as supplier of winch packages for their 2007 America’s Cup defense, Harken reported in a statement today.

Through their agreement, Harken will be responsible for the design, manufacturing, installation and service of Alinghi’s two new boats and previously built training boats. Harken said it will operate a service center based in Valencia, Spain throughout the build-up and duration of the 2007 America’s Cup event.

The contract between Alinghi and Harken continues the relationship that Alinghi and Harken began for the 2003 series held in Auckland, New Zealand, where Alinghi successfully challenged and won the America’s Cup from defender Team New Zealand, bringing the event to Europe.

”We are pleased to continue our relationship with Harken,” said Rolf Vrolijk, principal designer of Team Alinghi. “Harken’s innovative designs and superior service to the winch packages are unparalleled and critical to a successful defense of the America’s Cup in Valencia. We felt it was important to continue with Harken, and we know we can rely on Harken’s gear and service.”

Harken Yacht Equipment is a manufacturer and distributor of hardware, winches and accessories. Harken’s America’s Cup service team is an international division of Harken, Inc.

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