Thursday, January 01, 2009

Vincenzo Onorato writes letter to Ernesto Bertarelli

Dear Ernesto,

I have read the list of the last - minute registered teams to Your America's Cup.

You would forgive my insolence, but in such a very short time a number of teams without history or "art" have been promptly and immediately accredited to the highest world sailing competition. These teams "by chance" have filed an Amicus brief against GGYC - BMW Oracle Racing team. The above would be nearly - and I repeat nearly - marginal if you would have not taken more then an year to issue a confirmation letter of acceptance of our Club and Mascalzone Latino! You asked for the proof of the existence of Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia which has more then a century of history and participations into two America's Cup.

The matter raises existential questions: which rooms near the sea I have visited in the last decades in Naples? Where I have had dinners hundreds of times thinking to be my yacht club? Should I now question whether my club exists? I' m proud of my Neapolitan origins . You Mr Bertarelli , you should be ashamed to offend my club and the city it represents only because we have supported Oracle arguments. You could make other amicus brief being signed by teams which from the America's Cup expect anything but a loyal competition; the so called "professional" of sailing which means those who wish to make money from sailing, have not always honoured our sport, too eager for money and not for the competition. Congratulation to Russell who has the courage to give up with you, and to Ellison to defend our sport. A pray: for once please reply to me, and do not hide you behind your "rubber wall" which does not honour you .

Vincenzo Onorato

P.S.: I kindly ask you to provide me with the proof that all the other teams registered have paid the registration fee as we have done!

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At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great letter in calling out EB. One wonders if EB has the guts to show which teams got deals better than ML.

At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Mr. Onorato is a bit misguided. Why does he think he has the right to find out about the details of other challengers and their applications for the AC? Does he think he is the official AC police? Does he think its his job to investigate other AC teams? He got what he wanted: his team is registered for the AC. He would be better served if he would shut up, and constructively participate like all the rest of the teams (save the one from the US)

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:23pm - You fail to understand the principles behind a Trust reg'ed in the NYSC. When you understand that you might get a grasp of what is going on. Until then you are the one who should shut up.

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's New Year. And Vincenzo has been drinking again. This letter is from the grape. Obvious. You should not give this drunken bitter man air time.

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ML has filed an amicus brief against SNG. Enough to be refused entry to the AC.
These recurrent letters from Onorato are only the acts of a frustrated billionaire who tries to exist by any mean.
But you are pathetic Onorato.

Go home in your Napolitan Yacht Club and stay there. Maybe Pandarese will accompany you for dinner, but no one else will.

At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:20pm What's really pathetic is the support folks give to the SNG/Alinghi side when they can't even stick to the terms & conditions of the Deed. No wonder NYYC who's a pass Trustee is now speaking out vs SNG/Alinghi.

"ML has filed an amicus brief against SNG" so what!!! What's next, you enter a regatta & you can't file a protest. It's hardly a reason to give a valid challenger a rough time when SNG poodles get free room & board!!! Oh!!! Let's see you can't do that in the Deed as all challengers have to be treated the same as the Deed is governed by NYSC trust law. Oophs, SNG/Alinghi have screwed up once again.

At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very, very funny and entertaining. Keep em coming Onorato... you right the funniest letters.

At 1:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:51 post - VERY FUNNY! And absolutely right on! Onorato had a bit too much of the vino tinto, and subsequently scribbled a bit too much nonsense. Where is his problem? His team is part of the challengers, so what is he complaining about?

This man is known in the community as a "wannabe" who has not accomplished anything worthwhile. His scribblings must be the result of frustrations which surfaced while having a bit too much to drink .....

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

concentrate on the bums who caused the whole upset: Alinghi
Bertarelli is currently living his phantasy world so there has to be someone guiding him back to reality.

At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have some of you bloggers been on the vino prior to posting your comments? That may give some reason for your poor spelling!

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vincenzo has some good ACC V5 boats and a good design team with experience in the class. He knows that if the AC stays with the V5 boats he has a good chance at being in the top 4 and a small chance of being the challenger.

If it goes to a new class that is a different style of boat and he only gets a single shot at getting the design right, he knows that he will be back in the pack with all the other punters. The big teams will outspend him on the analysis and tank testing side of things, and a few of the smaller teams will jag a good design through luck or having a talented and insightful designer. Vincenzo is unlikely to have either and he knows it.

After 8 years of struggle to get within striking distance of the leaders, a new class and 19 challengers will probably mean AC oblivion for Vincenzo, and he clearly doesn't relish the prospect.

At 11:39 PM, Blogger j80evelt said...

It is very sad that so many comments disparage Mr. Onorato when to my old eyes it only appears that he is supporting BMW Oracle out of a belief that that is the right course for fairness and sportsmanship. Are the days when such values are intrinsic to sailing and yacht racing gone?


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