Friday, February 05, 2010

Ernesto Bertarelli: May the best team win on the water

[Source: Alinghi] The 33rd America's Cup has been a long time coming, but after two years of litigation from the American challenger the Match between two of the world's most extreme multihulls is just days away.

Ernesto Bertarelli, team president, speaking at the press conference on Friday evening praised his team: “The nice thing is that for the last 10 years I've been sailing with the same people and that has been very important to the whole experience. Three campaigns with almost the same group make each day more interesting and more rewarding. The fact that the heart of the team has been the same since the very, very beginning makes this America's Cup campaign rewarding and I wouldn't be here today without all the members of the Alinghi team. I'll be helming but I'll be sharing the helm with Loïck Peyron. Neither of us would be able to do our job without the other guys onboard and the team ashore.”

Alinghi has designed and built Alinghi 5, a 90ft catamaran on load waterline that spans 110ft overall, with a mast that towers more than 17-storeys above the sailors and settles on a foundation the size of a tennis ball. The boat has taken approximately 100,000-man-hours to build and is deeply rooted in the multihull heritage that Switzerland is so well-known for.

“Designing and building Alinghi 5 has been a huge ask in such a short timeframe, and the guys on the design and shore team have done an extraordinary job in giving us this boat. Our opponent is formidable, BMW Oracle has a very good sailor in James Spithill and their boat is a credit to their design team. I speak for all of us on the sailing team when I say we are looking forward to racing and getting the sport back on the water where it belongs,” said team skipper and four-time America's Cup winner, Brad Butterworth.

Racing is scheduled to start on Monday, with a first race warning signal at 10:00 – weather permitting – and the team will be watching, as Grant Simmer, design team coordinator describes: “From the design team's point of view, we are looking forward to Monday. It has been almost two years since we started work on Alinghi 5 and it will be fantastic to finally see her on the starting line. Thanks go to each and every team member.”

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At 12:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best AC ever!

At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Una cosa ha quedado clara:
Tias buenas en la rueda de prensa de Alinghi:3-Tias buenas en la rueda de prensa de BMWOR:0
Doy Fe.

At 1:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Otra cuestion:
Lamentable el show de TE micro en mano.

At 1:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So EB what's this you are holding joint press conferences by yourself. You've banned RC & now no one from BOR & GGYC is coming. What the heck are you doing as the fans aren't interested in just hearing from one team.

At 2:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw you EB!!! You've only hurt this sport an the families trying to make a living out of it. Get out!!! Go to spend your money in Soccer, F1, or pimps. Leave us alone as we were. And may God and the US sailors bring the Cup back home!.... not the money and arrogance.

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, a owners press conference! Why should RC take part?
The owners are LE and EB. No one more!

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1:39 @1:41

Háztelo mirar tío. Si esa es tu valoración del equipo que ha traido a Valencia la competición más espectacular de la historia de la vela y un barco magnífico, ya te vale ...

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous (2:50am) summed up what all this is about: "bring the cup back home". Home? So Alinghi committed a crime of lèse majestie? And (let's not forget) not only once but twice! But apparently, there is only one "true" home and anyone who doesn't go along with that, well he MUST be an upstart! This said, I can accept that interpretations of the DoG may not always have been spot on. But isn't that expected in a changing world? But the relentess searching by LE for the inevitable loopholes of such an old document in order to "prove" the immorality of the "upstart" is really quite breathtakingly horrible!

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous jose said...

@11:32 AM
Mira chaval,si no eres capaz de entender dos comentarios de broma a lo mejor eres tu quien se lo tiene que hacer mirar.
Por supuesto que en estos comentarios no esta como tu dices mi valoracion.Hay que ser muy tonto para pensar eso.
Te veo serio y tenso...relajate chaval.
Ayer estuve y vi las dos conferencias de prensa y con permiso de Pierre escribo en clave de broma si no te parece mal.
Si necesitas un espejo no dudes en utilizarlo.Y si te identificas,mejor.

At 2:49 PM, Blogger shorethinglo said...

"May the best team win." Some Ifs: The Weather, The SNG Controlled Race Committee, Breakage, Outside Interference,....... It really doesn't matter if EB or LE like each other. I hope that LE and RC stay off USA and allows James Spithill and the CREW to do their job. I'm miffed why EB would delegate his hired skipper to take a back seat! I truly hope the Technology of these One Of A Kind Machines Blow Us Away. When this Exhibition is over my hope is that civility can return to the CUP and that whatever boat is chosen to be used has very strict guidelines in Materials, Build, Sails,ect,ect. Lets get back to a Cup where Sailors Skills and the Elements( Weather, Wind, Sea State) decide a Winner!

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure they meant to say 'after two years of attempted cheating by the Swiss defender....' I'm not American, and don't particularly like LE, but I hope EB gets squashed. He deserves nothing less.

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to EB's Circus. Next stop San Francisco!

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Owners Meeting - since when is a owner not able to send his representative or have someone who can better answer the sailing questions or have his team in the meeting room to watch not permitted. Yep when EB is running the show.


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