Friday, January 29, 2010

No decision on Construction-in-Country issue before the match

We are just back from a photo call and brief declarations Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi owner, and Rita Barberá, Valencia mayor, made in the Alinghi base at 6pm, Valencia Time.

It was scheduled to be a "family" photo in front of the America's Cup, freshly arrived from Geneva. Nevertheless, THE news came after the photo call when Ernesto Bertarelli talked to the dozens of journalists. Well, according to Bertarelli, Justice Kornreich had held a telephone conference with the two parties shortly before Alinghi's event where she instructed them that no decision would be taken before the races took place.

Alinghi's owner didn't go into the details of the telephone conference with the NY Judge but stated that "GGYC's legal attempt to prohibit Alinghi from sailing with its sails has failed." As a result, Alinghi will be on the starting line on the 8th of February with their current 3DL sails.

We will have further news later on and, of course, the official press releases from the two teams.

Ernesto Bertarelli talks to the Spanish media. Valencia, 29 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done JK

At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep smiling Berto
in the unlikely case you will win, the NY court will take it off you!
Have fun!

At 8:08 PM, Blogger david said...

So Alinghi win on water ........ then loose in court over sails therefore BMW win but no Europeans buy bmw cars or oracle software and the win is as hollow as there wing and BOR look really bad.
BMW win on water then loose in court over sloop Alinghi look really bad and it would be wrong.
Therefore not possible to win in court after event only multiple losers
Solid wing over 3DL sails Plus??? 5-10%
3Dl sails over panel sails for 1 hours sailing ..???......2%
So both of shut up and get out of court and on the water

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad day for the AC as this means years of legal battles in the NYSC regardless of who wins.

Looks like EB is going to get his moral victory if he wins but it will be sad for the AC if/when he is stripped of the Cup by the NYSC. The tough part for EB is with they loose in court there will be no rerace. Hence there will be years of we won it on the water without SNG taking ownership for cheating.

Hopefully next weekend the IJ will sort a lot of the other issues out & will go public on what is going on.

Regardless the decision to not hear CIC until after the race is what was done with MB. Question is how will the court battle after the racing will impact the next AC.

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again the Americas Cup will be decided in the courts and we have no idea when. There will be a decision, then an appeal etc. etc. This is a SHAME!!!
These two guys have ruined the Americas Cup and are putting dozens of sailors out of job. They should both be banned from the sport and the cup be given to ETNZ.

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Days!!!

Go Alinghi!!!

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are the engines made?

At 9:28 PM, Blogger shorethinglo said...

There will be No Winner with the results being tied up in years of litigation. Decisions need to be made by the International Jury before the event. It appears We are all getting a Sailing Exihibition. Welcome All To AC 33 the Non-Event

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Mark said...

So this regatta will be won or lost in the protest room?

SNG is wrong; you should resolve this now so we can all watch the outcome real time.

The most anticipated yachting event will be a non event, thanks for nothing.

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous JamieF said...

David, you are implying that all (or most) Europeans support Alinghi. I have no idea on what information you base this judgement. Most of my sailing friends (all Europeans) are embarrassed about E.B.'s approach to the AC33 and even the few Swiss sailors I know, roll their eyes if E.B.s name is mentioned. But then I can not provide statistically relevant figures...
I also would seriously question whether many people make bussiness decisions (what software to use in one's company or what car to buy) dependent on the outcome of a sailboat race.
Let's be honest: most Europeans just don't give a damn about the AC.


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