Friday, December 19, 2008

Team French Spirit to use Alinghi's SUI-64

[Source: Team French Spirit] Team French Spirit will use her for its training program and compete during the multi-challengers regattas in Valencia in July 2009. “With this boat in the hands of Bertrand (Pacé) and Philippe (Presti), the French will be tough contenders and we are pleased to look forward for some common training sessions”, says Brad Butterworth, three times winner of the Cup.

A more positive future

Registered since December 2007 under the burgee of the Yacht Club de Saint-Tropez, Team French Spirit, and the other 10 original challengers (12 including the Defender), has now been joined by 7 new candidates including Prada Challenge, a Russian team as well as a second French team. Missing is BMW Oracle who is pursuing its legal action, trying to force Defender Alinghi into a direct confrontation with a multi hull dog-match. The New York Court of Appeals is expected to issue its decision sometime by the end of February 2009.

“19 teams, from 12 nations : it’s more than the previous record (14 entries in 1987 in Perth, AUS). It certainly demonstrates that organising eliminatory races in a similar way to the Louis Vuitton series is the right method for ACM to select the one going to challenge the Defender” comments Marc Pajot (twice in the semi-finals).

“I regret that, given the current economic situation and despite our attempts to unify our efforts, K-Challenge has chosen a different path. Our sole objective was and remains to see a French team competing successfully.

With the strong experience of our skipper Philippe Presti and helmsman Bertrand Pacé – they together total 9 participations to the Cup – and the support of the younger talented generation represented by Mathieu Richard – N°1 World Match Race ISAF 2008 - Team French Spirit is able to build a strong, efficient and experienced French crew.

Supported by a dozen founding members, Team French Spirit is now going to put more efforts to associate major partners and sponsors to its endeavor to bring home this prestigious trophy.”

A tight schedule

- AC management will issue the Protocol governing the 33rd AC within a few days.
- The new Measurement Rule for the new, lighter and faster, monohull Class America boat will be issued on January 31st, 2009. Only one boat per team as well as a set of additional restriction should enable to split previous budgets by half.
- For Team French Spirit, this means that construction of the new boat is due to start in June 2009.



At 9:29 PM, Blogger Norberto said...

alinghi's poodle pr bs. poor ernesto is being forced by evil uncle larry to face a direct confrontation. it was him who has put himself in this akward position and brought the ac to this sorrow state of things.

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The French team must be one of those teams that were forced at gunpoint to agree to everything that Allinghi says. In fact their sailors are not really French sailors, but they are clones from the Allinghi team, and they will voluntarily let Allinghi win in all their races. On top of that they have promised to give Mr. Berterelli all their money. Of course they had no choice in that matter, as Allinghi has forced them to agree to all their protocols and ideas. The poor French team has been held at gunpoint, and they wished there would be a "savior of the free sailing world" such as big bad Mr. Ellison ..... oh wait, that's right, Mr. Ellison hasn't won anything yet on the water!

At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see how the AC teams have resolved their issues, and have come up with a fair protocol. Looks like finally we will be seeing an America Cup soon again, I cant wait!

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sr. Norberto: your bashing of the challenger teams smells of poor sportsmanship. All of the challengers have worked with Allinghi for a fair protocol, something that Mr. Ego Ellison himself didn't do. Mr. Ellison believes in blocking efforts, instead of helping to resolve them. Funny how 20 teams agree on something, but the idiots from BOR are still thinking they are smarter then the rest of the world. What arrogant kids!

At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Americas Cup without Louis Vuiiton is just another yacht race.Is it possible Mr.Berterelli got some aspects wrong?
Perth W.Australia

At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

by the way how was the outcome of the design competition for french spirit AC 90? Nice to se that alingi pay back the favours by lending some one a boat to compet. Are you sure matheu Richard is 2008 ISAF world champion.?

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please Stop thinking the America's Cup is Louis Vuitton!!

The AC is 157 years old and LV is associated only since 25 years as a mere sponsor even if they pretend otherwise.

LV has done a great communication job and indeed the AC community should be grateful, but what the AC need is to get rid of people like Ellison, Ehman, Onorato, Pandarese and even Coutts if what he wants is litigation.

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:20PM Great comment. Thats right, get rid of the troublemakers (like the Americans) and get on with the AC. The BOR team is just frustrated that they haven't won anything on the water in spite of their huge budget. Pitiful!

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:13AM nice try.

Until you've read the Deed & the IR's you don't know why GGYC has it in NYSC.

The amended protocol is just like what everyone feared and 1 of the reasons GGYC in the court. It's worse than the Sept

Nice to see the cheap seats supporting SNG the Trustee who has turned everything over to Alinghi. Pity that it's vs the Deed.

Remember that if SNG doesn't follow the Deed, the Alinghi Cup is is just another SNG regatta.


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