Friday, December 12, 2008

Reports: 16 teams already entered for the 33rd AC; 4 more on Monday

It appears, according to reliable information, that 16 teams have officially entered the 33rd America's Cup. In addition to Alinghi and the 12 challengers that were officially known until yesterday, Luna Rossa is now officially entered, something that was rumored since a couple of days. Nonetheless, there is yet another Italian team as well as a Russian entry, bringing the total to 16.

Most probably another 4 teams will officially enter on Monday, resulting in a crowd of 20. Obviously, inscription doesn't mean acceptance and the final tally might be smaller in a couple of months.

The first sketchy details about a possible 2009 racing calendar calls for one Act (or pre-regatta or whatever it will be called) from the 10th till the 19th of July, 2009, and another one in October, always in Valencia.

The last meeting between Alinghi and the rest of teams is taking place right now in Geneva and the first official information will be available as soon as it's over.

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At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Ivan Kyiv Ukraine said...

Who ia that Russian entry? What was the outcome of the talks during the World Yacht Racing Forum (Alinghi vs BMW O)?

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Robert B. Weymouth said...

What Cup? Common knowledge the world over is that this event will not be an America's Cup event as competed for 156 or so years, regardless of what they call it.

At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally we have some movement. The pathetic attempts of BOR to railroad the AC and to try to win in the courtroom have finally come to an end. Nobody made Mr. Ellison the sheriff of the SAC, and nobody asked BOR o hold the AC and more then 14 challengers hostage. They should join and cooperate like all the other teams, or get out of the way. BOR has put a very negative light on the American sailor. Isn't there another club who could represent the USA with sportsmanship and adult demeanor? Besides Mr. Ellison's sailing record is at best mediocre as can be seen in the RC44 cup!

At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What Cup?" The cup that BOR has been trying to hijack through court action. The cup that all other participants in the world agreed to. The cup that BOR has been trying to railroad. Finally we are moving on to action on the water, and it its without BOR that will be better (their results on the water have been mediocre at best!)

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BOR is standing up for the integrity of the America's Cup and its history. His actions are not new to the AC history, and he is rightfully challenging the lack of "sportsmanship and adult demeanor" coming from the Swiss. Just because they have generated "interest" from a lot of "teams" does not affect the rules of the deed of gift. Sure, BOR has not made the finals, so why is Alinghi afraid to face them? If they refuse to accept them as the valid challenger of record, then they should forfiet the America's Cup and proceed with their Alinghi Cup plans.

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You refer to BOR's results in the RC44 cup, but you do realize that James Spithill is on BOR for AC. Also, Bertarelli's beloved Coutts is with BOR now after EB forced him to sit out the 32nd AC.


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