Thursday, April 23, 2009

Deal Breaker

In less than 10 hours and in some comfortable room inside the Société Nautique de Genève, three members from each of the two waring factions in the America's Cup will sit and talk, in order to, hopefully, negotiate a deal that would bring the America's Cup back on track. Whether there is any deal at the end of the meeting is still a big question mark. The two sides have been involved in a lengthy legal fight and there has been nothing so far that could make them agree on anything.

While the 6 delegates from the teams and their yacht clubs will be negotiating, the owner together with the skipper and CEO of BMW Oracle will be racing aboard the team's RC44 yacht in Cagliari. The first day of racing was very tricky and the unstable and fluky winds resulted in long delays and postponements on the water. Why should we care?

Because, Spain's most influential sailing journalist, Jaume Soler, spotted what could be one of the funniest ironies and asked Nico Martínez to take a picture. During one of the periods the race committee was eagerly waiting for some breeze, a laid back Larry Ellison was resting, lying down on the stern of his yacht, named "Deal Breaker". What deal is Ellison referring to? Let's hope not the one related to the America's Cup. Enjoy the picture.

What deal is Larry Ellison referring to? Cagliari, 22 April 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martínez / Jaume Soler

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At 1:41 AM, Blogger Norberto said...

the irony (and it's precise timing) is, let's say, "interesting", to say the least.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Eugenio said...

Well, as an Sun Microsystem stockholder, I would be rather worried about this... :P

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sun Micro , the Americas Cup, all screwed by an egomaniac!

At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Egomaniac is the softer thing you can say about Ernesto...

At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Norberto the imposter said...

One big difference: Ernesto has been winning, while Crazy Larry has been losing regattas. Straight! All of them!


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