Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Alinghi statement on the eve of "make or break" meeting with BMW Oracle

[Source: Alinghi] The America's Cup Defender, Switzerland-based Alinghi, tonight issued a statement expressing hope that outstanding issues between its team and BMW Oracle Racing will be resolved at a high-powered meeting in Geneva tomorrow (Wednesday) enabling the teams to compete in a meaningful race in the true spirit of the historic match.

Vice Commodore Fred Meyer of the SNG said: "We at the SNG are very much looking forward to this meeting to break the deadlock and to help guarantee a successful event and produce a competitive regatta.

"The most crucial point for our discussion is the date. When we have a realistic date we can start proceedings to secure a location and set the stage for the regatta.

"As we have made clear we are not in a position to race this year because we always understood that tolling would take place during the legal proceedings. Furthermore we have not started construction of our boat and will not be ready to compete this year.

"We are surprised as to why Larry Ellison, who considers himself a competitive sailor, would wish to take part in a second rate race or win by legal manoeuvres.

"We have been inundated with calls and letters from sailing fans all over the world who want to see a swift end to the legal processes and a return to competing on the water. I am sure that's what both teams want too."

The meeting, due to take place in Geneva, will be between Alinghi's chief legal adviser, Lucien Masmejan, Vice Commodore Fred Meyer of the SNG and Russell Coutts and Tom Ehman from BMW Oracle Racing.

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At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bunch of morons!

You spend all the money in second rate lawyers but nothing in common sense.

Go and sail like men. If you are not ready is because you were so full of yourselve that you didn't want to see that you were so wrong. Don't blame others for your mistakes and your lack of perspective.

I would have like it to see a fair race, but you are the ones that with legal manoeuvres are make the Cup a second rate race. So, I cannot wait until you forfeit the Cup up, so we can go back to first rate sailing.

Yes, you are getting tons of letter from all around the world to stop this nonsense.

Bunch of babies...

At 11:43 PM, Blogger christopher said...

how did alinghi---- evolve into the heather mills of yachting?
Alinghi have been disingenuous since winning the cup the second time; their did such a good job of running the last cup (and winning) its almost as if they have no energy to do it again; so they come up with a sham challenger of record. . .If they are not ready to race july-october 2008 then they should surrender the cup to GGYC.
-----Thanks so much Pierre for the up-to-minute info and Pics-
great BLOGG------

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I myself are out of a job thanks to this whole drama, it is amazing to see people so bitter about the whole thing. Neither side of the argument is going to come out of this without looking grubby. It is just time to let it go. We all want to move back to Valencia, lets just get on with it. Alinghi, BMW and everyone else just needs to stop complaining.

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the americas cup has its special status because it can be won through legal actions? that makes it so very interesting. i guess all the challengers should sue eachother - equal chances for everyone!


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