Alinghi shore crew work on Alinghi 5, prepare new sail loft
While the boatbuilders are busy modifying Alinghi 5 on one end of the Port America's Cup, at the other end, right at the entrance of the canal, construction of the new sail loft tent has just been completed. When we visited the tent on Monday morning the external structure was finished but there were no sails yet visible.
Those sails will certainly be part of the talks the Defender is holding tomorrow Tuesday with BMW Oracle in Singapore. Other talks were held, allegedly, between Alinghi and the city of Valencia last Friday. It is rumored that Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi owner, came to Valencia on Thursday in order to personally take part in high-level negotiations regarding the non-sailing part of the 33rd America's Cup match. We have no information whether the talks were fruitful and it is speculated that if any agreement was reached it should be made public this week.
Alinghi's new sail loft. Valencia, 11 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing
Alinghi's boatbuilders work on Alinghi 5. Valencia, 11 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing
Erensto Bertarelli's private yacht is still moored in Port America's Cup. Valencia, 11 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing