Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alinghi 5: "A tribute to the team"

Related PDF document
- Letter from SNG to Justice Kornreich, 22 July 2009

[Source: Alinghi] Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, held a press conference today in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, to present Alinghi 5, the Swiss team's giant catamaran.

The boat was held ashore for the day as the weather turned foul on Lake Geneva, but the first trials held earlier this week were extremely successful: “Being able to sail Alinghi 5 on the Lake for the very first time and seeing it perform so well on its first day out is a real tribute to the team; first and foremost the designers – who have drawn from the multihull heritage and technology here in Switzerland as well as their own depth – but also the boat builders and the sailors who are now completely focused on making the boat go as fast as possible. Our first day out, flying a hull was, if not the best, certainly one of the best days of my life,” said team president, Ernesto Bertarelli.

Sailing and testing will continue apace over the coming days culminating in a public celebration on Lake Geneva on 1 August which will include a team presentation before a parade of sail from Lausanne to the defender's club, Société Nautique de Genève. The boat will then be prepared for the heli-lift to Genoa, Italy, where training will continue.

“This project has been, and continues to be, about putting people in a position where they can socially and intellectually experience things that are unique. It's not about who is winning in court; it's about which is going to be the fastest boat on the water with the strongest team and the best technology. That is why we are here and we are proud of it,” concluded Bertarelli.

Ernesto Bertarelli was flanked by Grant Simmer, design team coordinator; Murray Jones, member of the sailing team who has been running the early trials and Patrick Aebischer, president of EPFL, Alinghi's scientific advisor.

General views from the Alinghi press conference. Le Bourevet, 23 July 2009. Video copyright Alinghi

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At 9:01 PM, Blogger chocoa said...

With that pdf/letter they are trying to get away with having the gas/diesel engine trimming the boat along with ballast moving; the judge could still turn around and rule the “secrete rule” change unacceptable and this letter is a sleazy way of trying to blunt that possibility. The alinghi boat looks great but to plan two years ago to change the rules and design and build a boat with that knowledge, while keeping it secrete from the challenger stinks.
All this talk of settling it “on the water” is disingenuous.
As great as the alinghi boat looks it would be a more exciting match if both competitors were bound by same rules that were in place when the dog was issued. The court may still rule that way.

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Enough is enough said...

What kind of crap is that? Or is it Bertarelli's version of "winning on the water"? Of course he can win on the water!!! As long as he can bend the rules to his favor, obviously.

First they try to cheat with the CNEV and they get busted. Now they are trying to cheat with the rules and they will most certainly get busted again.

Tom Ehman put it correctly: "Enough is enough"

At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick Aebischer??? Who's??? Who's???

Why Vrölijk permits that? Cash and cash


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