Friday, December 12, 2008

Alinghi: Record number of teams continue planning for 33rd America's Cup

[Source: Alinghi] Challengers entered in the 33rd America’s Cup continue to work with the Defender Alinghi and the Spanish Challenger of Record towards a Match in Valencia as soon as possible, in either 2010 or 2011. The Protocol for the 33rd America’s Cup is being amended and is expected to be published next week and teams have agreed on three AC events in Valencia in 2009 regardless of BMW Oracle’s ongoing appeal in New York...

Representatives of the entered teams (16 registered and four undergoing the administrative entry process) gathered in Geneva today for a further Competitor Meeting hosted by the America’s Cup Defender, Alinghi.

Order of the day was the Protocol, the event governing document, and after further discussions the amendments were agreed in principle and the updated version is expected to be published next week.

Teams will continue the planning sessions despite the pending BMW Oracle appeal and will join in defining the Competition Regulations, the Event Regulations and the new Class Rule. The latter is on track to be issued on 31 January 2009.

It was decided that racing be guaranteed next year with three America’s Cup Class Version 5.0 regattas confirmed: one in July and another in October organised by AC Management, followed by the Club Náutico Español de Vela annual regatta organised by the Spanish Challenger of Record.

Family photo of the 16 teams that have so far entered the 33rd America's Cup. Geneva, 12 December 2008. Photo copyright Schmid Chris / EYEMAGE MEDIA

The meeting – the last before the entry deadline on Monday 15 December – concluded with a joint message from the 33rd America’s Cup teams: “We disagree with BMW Oracle’s legal strategy and still hope that they will choose to enter the 33rd America’s Cup before Monday’s deadline. Nevertheless, we have to continue working towards a multi-challenge event. The challengers are satisfied with the existing process with the Defender, the Protocol has been discussed at length and amended with the agreement of entered competitors and we are looking forward to getting back on the water and racing next summer.”


Agustín Zulueta, Desafío Español (ESP): “These Competitor Meetings in Geneva are extremely fruitful. They show the union of the 33rd America’s Cup teams with the common objective of creating a fair and sporting competition while at the same time adapting to the current economic situation.”

Sir Keith Mills TeamOrigin (GBR): “We have consistently reached out to BMW Oracle and encouraged them to participate in this process. I have personally spoken to Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts a number of times and explained to them that we have made huge progress on the Protocol and that they should drop their law suit and challenge. I don’t think any one team can hold a gun to the rest of the challenger’s heads and that is really what we have had for the last 18 months. If they think we have made enough progress – and we’ve offered to brief them on that progress – and if they are prepared to drop their law suit, we will welcome them back into the fold.”

Final Competitors Meeting of the 33rd America's Cup. Geneva, 12 December 2008. Photo copyright Schmid Chris / EYEMAGE MEDIA

Marc Pajot, Team French Spirit (FRA): “Never before has the America’s Cup had such a number of teams interested in participating. This is a sign that the multi-challenger event is the right way to go. As a sportsman, I cannot understand that someone wants to reach the finals through the courts.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi (SUI): “We have to get ourselves organised, we are putting these two regattas together, one in July and one in October in Valencia, and we would also like to do the CNEV regatta in November in the Version 5.0 AC boats. We are also committed to publishing the new class rule by the end of January. We all want to move forward and get on with the 33rd America’s Cup.”

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At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only winner of an event organized by Alinghi is Alinghi. ALINGHI IS ALL ABOUT MONEY, and they are not going to let go an event, like the America's Cup, that could make Ernesto Bertarelli and his partisans MEGARICH.

So, it could be a thousand challengers, but they are all just a bunch of LOSERS!!!

At 7:35 PM, Blogger folkenbolt said...

I completely agree with the above post.

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The only winner of an event organized by Alinghi is Alinghi. ALINGHI IS ALL ABOUT MONEY, and they are not going to let go an event, like the America's Cup, that could make Ernesto Bertarelli and his partisans MEGARICH.

So, it could be a thousand challengers, but they are all just a bunch of LOSERS!!!"

Nice One Larry, good to see you read this blog.

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bunch of losers? You are clearly an Oracle employee/supporter.

Ernesto is already megarich, its not like he needs the money, he loves the Cup.

He won, he picks eveything, hard to swallow - yes, but it is what it is. It can be great still, if everyone comes together and makes it so.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Robert B. Weymouth said...

True Bull. What a shame. Who really knows why there are clubs entering. Any race better than no race? The language and the kicking the dead horse tone, where Alinghi gets these folks to sign on to their weird sense of reality "hoping that BMW Oracle will come in" just points to the unrelenting animosities that ALINGHI has towards Oracle.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Robert B. Weymouth said...

You know what Alinghi is going to do? They are going to draft a protocol that BMW ORACLE would have agreed to in order to HUMILIATE BMW Oracle. Ernesto is quite the "Tipo".

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Robert B. Weymouth said...

But I'll give him and A for shrewdness. He's basically in a win win situation. He can have two cups. One a DOG and another that will be a staged event that ultimately will attempt to humiliate BMW Oracle. This scheme with the willing entrants has turned out better than Ernesto could have imagined. Even the economy has helped. Everyone wants to sail. And sail for less.

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can Ernesto love The Americas Cup if he wants to change its founding rule book, the deed of gift??

Personally I am not a fan of either Oracle or Alinghi and think that through their own actions have damaged their teams image.

The Americas Cup will always go on, thats the great nature of the event, but sooner everybody gets back on the water the better for the rest of us all.

Bring on the DOG or 2010 i need a job.

At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Carmen San Carlos said...

so are these planned regattas so everyone can have fun and Bertarelli make more money? Where are they going to be held? In Valencia or elsewhere?
Looks like alinghi is pulling a fast one on everyone...turning the america´s Cup into his toy...regattas here, regattas when is he going to celebrate the America´s Cup? Looks like he´s fooling around with everyone to me...

At 4:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only loser in this pathetic court room duel is the American sailor. BOR has tainted the reputation of US Sailing by arbitrarily holding the AC and 14 teams hostage. Their ridiculous court room maneuvers have yielded nothing but loss of sponsors, loss of employment for sailors from all over the world, and most importantly loss of credibility for American sailing. BORs attempt to win an AC in the court room instead of on the water is pathetic. They should have joined the challengers, worked with all of them on the protocol, and put the action back on the water. Instead they think of themselves as sheriff of the AC not realizing that the other teams can well make decisions for themselves.

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bring on the DOG or 2010 i need a job."
Ironically, so might an entire Americas Cup team soon enough...??
If this thing goes to a DOG match and BOR lose, they may not be welcome to join the next multichallenger event. If Alinghi lose, would Ernesto want to enter the next multi challenger again under BOR/Larry. It may be the killer blow for the ego.

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how so many people "know" what BOR or Alinghis intentions and thoughts are. How about concentrating on reality instead of daydreaming and making assumptions? Fact is that there are 20 teams ready to go next year, they all have a mutually agreed upon protocol and resolved their disagreement between them. And they did that without going to court ..... isn't THAT funny? Doesn't it strike one that literally ALL THE TEAMS are now pleading with BOR to drop their ridiculous lawsuit? Isn't it strange that Mr. Ellison seems to think his only option to win an AC is in the US court? (Maybe he want that "home advanatge"?)

Well, considering Mr. Ellisons poor sailing record one can understand his choice .......


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