Brad Butterworth talks to PJ Montgomery
Early on Sunday morning, PJ Montgomery, one of New Zealand's most prominent sailing journalists, interviewed Alinghi's skipper Brad Butterworth on Radio NZ.
An interesting point in Butterworth's remarks was the fact he stated Alinghi wouldn't appeal the judge's decision if it went against them. Instead, Ernesto Bertarelli, the team's head, would choose to race BMW Oracle in catamarans, sometime after next summer. On the contrary, he seems to be convinced, BMW Oracle will appeal if Judge Cahn decides that the CNEV is a valid Challenger of Record.
In addition, it's getting clearer that unless there's some last-minute deal, it is extremely difficult to hold the 33rd America's Cup in 2009. As a result, it will probably have to be postponed and given the fact summer of 2010 will be extremely busy with the World Football Championships, marketing-wise the most appropriate year would be 2011.
Listen to the entire 7-minute interview, using the following media player: