Press report: Bertarelli to push for RAK to host 34th America's Cup
Greetings from Kuala Terengganu, venue of the Monsoon Cup. We are about to leave and return to Valencia after one week of exciting racing. The local organizers together with Peter Gilmour and the World Match Racing Tour have set up an event that is definitely one step above the rest of regattas we have been to but we will have more on that later this week when we write about the many things we liked and the very few things we think could improve.
As the title of the post implies, there has been an article on the National, Abu Dhabi's main newspaper, that Alignhi's owner Ernesto Bertarelli said on Saturday, "he would push for Ras al Khaimah to host the 34th staging of the America’s Cup if they defend their title next year."
According to the same article, "should Alinghi win the most prestigious trophy in sailing for a third time in the port city of Valencia – where the series will be held if the New York Supreme Court dismisses Alinghi’s appeal this week – then Ernesto Bertarelli and his team will again nominate the Emirates as host of their next defence."
It is interesting to notice that the article's author talks about holding the 34th edition of the world's oldest sports trophy in May or September but doesn't specify the year. In addition, Bertarelli states that "it will have brought the idea of staging the America’s Cup here, this has further consolidated our belief that this is a great place for racing, especially in this kind of boat." Does that mean the 34th America's Cup, should Alinghi win next February, will also take place in giant multihulls? We asked Ben Ainslie, one of the world's greatest match racers, about that possibility and his answer couldn't be any clearer. For Ainslie, "it would be a shame" if that happened.
Our full coverage will return on Tuesday afternoon, hopefully with the Appellate Division's ruling on Alinghi's appeal.