Vincenzo Onorato writes letter to Ernesto Bertarelli
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 .
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!