Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Statement from Ernesto Bertarelli on the subject of the D35

[Source: Alinghi] Statement from Ernesto Bertarelli

Regarding the concerns raised by Mr Nicolas Gonet, owner of SUI-8, about his participation in the Décision 35 Class, I would like to say that I will not support any move to exclude his boat from the circuit, should this issue be raised at the next General Assembly.

As expressed in the previous Assembly, I must highlight that the Class was founded on Lake Geneva by sailors for friendly competition and in my opinion the fact that Gonet intends to introduce BMW Oracle Racing to the circuit goes against the original spirit of the Class. In addition, I believe it is questionable that a team in litigation with the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), one of the host clubs, competes in events organised by this club. However, for the better of the sport, I prefer to keep the fight on the water.

Note to Editors
The Décision 35 Class was founded in 2004 by Swiss sailors for friendly competition on Lake Geneva. The spirit of the event is owner sailor.

Class members:
SUI1: Alinghi, owned by Ernesto Bertarelli (SNG)
SUI2: Okalys, owned by Nicolas Grange (SNG)
SUI3: Julius Baer, owned by Philippe Cardis
SUI4: Zen too, owned by Guy de Picciotto (SNG)
SUI5: Foncia, owned by Alain Gautier
SUI6: Cadence, owned by Jean François Demole (SNG)
SUI7: Axiom, owned by Guy de Picciotto (SNG)
SUI8: Gonet, co-owned by Nicolas Gonet (SNG)
SUI9: Smart Home, owned by Christian Michel
SUI10: Ladycat, owned by Dona Bertarelli (SNG)

2008 Racing season:
2-4 May: Grand Prix Chopard (SNG)
24-25 May: Open de Rolle (SNR)
7 June: Genève-Rolle-Genève (YCG)
14 June: Bol d’Or Mirabaud (SNG)
30-31 August: HP Cup La Réserve
5-7 September: Open de Versoix (CNV)
20-21 September: Open du Yacht Club (YCG)
3-5 October: Grand Prix Beau-Rivage Palace (CVV)

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At 5:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"However, for the better of the sport, I prefer to keep the fight on the water".

Perhaps he should start to take his own advice.

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ernesto had an event and challengers ready to go for 2009.
He wasn't the one who took it to the court.
If the Swiss team hadn't been taken to court we'd be watching 12 AC90's getting ready to go on the water.

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous mike said...

totally agree, but just accepting a spanish challenge from a non-existent yacht club was a major mistake from Alinghi....also, from the Spanish...incredible that they couldn't agree and use the Valencia Yacht Club for that (not even 500 meters away from the CNEV)... urrgggg

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we all know that was the mistake BOR pounced on in order to get themselves involved again after their desaster in the louis vuitton cup. still sad to watch this happen and not be able to do anything about it. the worst is the foolish oppinion that is put forward in forums such as SA. lets hope the better educated and the one with better manners succeeds in this scary battle - for the best of all of us.


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