Ask Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts your questions
Update 11:30am Valencia Time: Just in case there was any doubt, I want to make clear that the inclusion of BMW Oracle's embedded online channel doesn't imply any preference, affiliation, liking or inclination towards the Challenger. If Alinghi had a similar channel, the screen would have been split in two.
Update 11am Valencia Time: As you can obviously see at the top of this website, Valencia Sailing will be streaming LIVE today's press conference. Fortunately, there is no need for me to try streaming with a small webcam, the Challenger of the 33rd America's Cup will do it, high-tech style.
In fact, BMW Oracle will be producing unprecedented online coverage. Read here the team's press release on the 21st-century coverage they will be providing. It's funny though when I remember in 2006 asking the teams for video footage of their training sessions in Valencia in order to post it on Valencia Sailing's YouTube channel. A couple of them sent me draft contracts (!!!) with some absurd conditions that could have made it easier to buy a kilo of plutonium in Baghdad's black market than broadcast 5 minutes of ACC yachts sailing.
Don't forget!! The press conference starts at 7:30pm, Valencia Time.
With the 1st race of the 33rd America's Cup a couple of days away, both teams are holding on Friday their big press conference. Alinghi hasn't made public who will attend but on the other hand, BMW Oracle's lineup couldn't get any better. Larry Ellison, founder and owner of the team, Russell Coutts and James Spithill will meet the press and without any doubt this will be the most interesting and anticipated conference the challenger has held in Valencia during the last 2-3 years. If I'm not mistaken, the last time Ellison and Coutts met the press in the BMW Oracle base was on July 24th, 2007 when the American software tycoon announced Coutts had signed as the team's new CEO and skipper.
As I have always done in the last few months, you are welcome to comment here and ask any question you might have for BMW Oracle's top brass. As for myself, I have two questions I will try to ask Larry Ellison, if of course I get the chance. First, if he will appeal in case he loses the court case concerning Alinghi's sails and secondly whether he will host the 34th America's Cup in Valencia, if of course BMW Oracle wins the 33rd edition of the event. There is no point in posting insulting comments, I will reject them. Now that my technical problems with live reporting have been solved, I will try to stream Larry Ellison's press conference, if I'm allowed.
As far as sailing is concerned, it is almost guaranteed there won't be any on Friday. The forecast calls for very strong winds, 25-30 knots, forcing both teams to take their yachts off the water and the race committee to call off the scheduled practice race. If conditions are favorable on Saturday, we might get to see the final official training session before racing starts on Monday.