Deal or no deal?
Following the publication of our article on the press conference held after the conclusion of a meeting between Alinghi, BMW Oracle and the city of Valencia, there were reports stating that Paco Latorre, Alinghi's head of communications, denied the "rumors" about a deal his team had made with either party about the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia.
For the record, I recompiled the footage of Lucien Masmejan's statements, Alinghi's counselor. The conclusion is yours, but I honestly believe it is much more than "rumors"!!! As we have always stated, all the arrangements will take place, if the Appellate Division upholds Justice Kornreich's decision on Ras al-Khaimah being an illegitimate venue for an America's Cup match in February. If the 4 judges decide otherwise, then the agreement will obviously become a useless piece of paper and Alinghi will be able to hold the Cup in RAK.
Lucien Masmejan, Alinghi counselor, talks in the joint press conference with BMW Oracle's Tom Ehman and the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá. Valencia, 10 December 2009. Video copyright Valencia Sailing