Sunday, February 14, 2010

First words from Vincenzo Onorato, head of the 34th America's Cup Challenger of Record

"Thank God, this is the end of a long night for Oracle". These were the first words of Vincenzo Onorato in Valencia, moments after the American trimaran crossed the finish line and won the 33rd America's Cup.

Lara Ciribì Onorato, newly nominated President of Mascalzone Latino Team Audi, echoed Onorato's words from Italy: "This American victory comes after a long dispute that lasted almost 3 years. We at Mascalzone Latino are proud to have supported the positions of Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts right from the start. Thanks to this victory, the America's Cup will become a high profile sporting event, run by fairer rules than the ones the previous Defender wanted to impose".

Vincenzo Onorato (left) together with Gavin Brady, skipper and helmsman of Mascalzone Latino AUDI Team

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20 Comments:

At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha, fairer rules... you will see hat you get

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger functionadmin said...

Thank God for that, Bertarelli epitomized unfairness & unsportsmanship. Dictatorial to the point that even Coutts left him.

 
At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the press conference? did that happen?

 
At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Onorato?? He's not in jail?? The mafioso and the cheater! What a pair. Looks promising.

 
At 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shockfest, Schuyler will be turning in his grave.

The cup has gone from a man who cares about nothing but promoting sailing and doing the best for the sport to a man who has free space on his mantle piece and cares less for the sport than the trim of his garden.

A very very dark day for sailing, Larry prove us wrong!

 
At 3:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least it's out of the courts and on the right track for a multi team defence.

 
At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fairer rules huh....

 
At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, he never said he was challenger of record, nice Valencia Sailing spin

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

functionadim

Coutts only joined Bertarelli for the money and he did the same with Ellison.
The score at the moment is Larry 1 Ernesto 2 .
With the fairness that BMWOR and Onarato will bring to the next Cup including creating the design rule with all the challengers, the defender not competing in the challenger series, totally transparent and independent race management, everything run by ISAF, a totally level playing field with BMWOR only chosing the venue etc, etc, Alinghi have a good chance of making it 3/1. That is of course if Bertarelli can be bothered.
For the moment Larry has his dream let's see how long he enjoys the curse of the poisoned chalice.

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon guys, hasn't there been enough poor sportsmanship?.
Back the sport and enjoy it!

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Dave said...

So a few questions to All:
Is the Americas Cup a Sail/Technological race?
Is the Americas Cup a race between nations (Mercenaries…)
Box rule, One Design
Match Racing, Speed sailing
Each and all have their merits, Make Russell The DOG manager for 5 years and let him create the biggest spectacle of sailing!
Cheers
fonty

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AUDI challenges BMW??
Sponsors cannot be happy about that.

 
At 2:16 PM, Anonymous JamieF said...

@ 1:32 PM

"AUDI challenges BMW??
Sponsors cannot be happy about that."

And why wouldn't they???

 
At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

poodle

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So after the freakshow of the 33rd AC Mr. Russell Coutts announces fair roules in the 34th!?
According to the understanding of fairness and sportsmanship that Mr. Ellison & Mr. Coutts happened to show this time, one might ask himself what we are going to expect. As far as I got it right, their credo is "winning at any price" - and this is not only to be understood monetarily, but especially morally.
One may remember the disgusting ways of argumentation in court, which deliberately badly damaged third parties. That their opponents at Alinghi adapted their actions to the same moral does not make things better.
From my point of view the defenders of the 34rd AC are suffering from a vast lack of credibility, which can hardly be eliminated by a pained shake hands among self-proclaimed sportsmen with Mr. Bertarelli and promising words for the future.
Does anybod agree or do I have an outdated vision of values like integrity, fairness and sportsmenship by telling my son not to take Mr. Coutts and his mates as an example?

 
At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So after the freakshow of the 33rd AC Mr. Russell Coutts announces fair rules in the 34th!?
According to the understanding of fairness and sportsmanship that Mr. Ellison & Mr. Coutts happened to show this time, one might ask himself what we are going to expect. As far as I got it right, their credo is "winning at any price" - and this is not only to be understood monetarily, but especially morally.
One may remember the disgusting ways of argumentation in court, which deliberately badly damaged third parties. That their opponents at Alinghi adapted their actions to the same moral does not make things better.
From my point of view the defenders of the 34rd AC are suffering from a vast lack of credibility, which can hardly be eliminated by a pained shake hands among self-proclaimed sportsmen with Mr. Bertarelli and promising words for the future.
Does anybody agree or do I have an outdated vision of values like integrity, fairness and sportsmenship by telling my son not to take Mr. Coutts and his mates as an example?

 
At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Captain Morgan said...

And what was unfair about the two races that were sailed?

 
At 5:30 AM, Blogger Dave said...

If memory serves… RC fell out of grace of EB for exactly these items, he wanted to run the affair and EB wanted the mantel piece. And after he in a very interesting way kicked RC of his team with a extended “Gardeners Leave” he all but tried to ostracize RC from any other team (Gambit EB).
As far of what will happen just read the www.sailingscuttlebutt.com to see what it means (let’s sail and let the best man win…..)
As if yes or no fair make any one Including BB in charge of a autonomies DOG team with set 5 years contracts and see the legal wheeling and dealing minimize in a dramatic way.
fonty

 
At 5:37 AM, Blogger Dave said...

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* From Thomas C. Price, Annapolis, MD:
I'm sorry but if what your Scuttlebutt Extra says is true, (SNG tried to manipulate the RC to their advantage) that calls for sanction by ISAF against Mr Bertarelli. This absolutely cannot be allowed to pass without resolution and it's clear that it's he ISAF who must resolve it! If true, no Alinghi team should ever sail a sanctioned event again! What a shame. After the awkward "Cumbaya" moment at the press conference, where the parties shook hands, this news is reprehensible.

* From George Morris, Inverness, Scotland, UK:
If the SNG race committee really did behave as described then this will surely require a Rule 69 referral to ISAF. If the RC members who refused to raise the flags are members of SNG then that club would surely be banned from holding any more yacht races and if they were acting on instructions from Alinghi then surely that team would be banned from all future competition. AC events are not quite the same thing as ordinary sailing club regattas but there is a point at which the two sports touch each other, and that is on the racecourse. If Alinghi attempted to fix the result by buying the race committee, then they have disqualified themselves from future competition. Tell me it isn't true.

* From the Forum (rt_/)):
Before a race was run, I nominated PRO Harold Bennett for hero of the event. Now that both races are in the books, I'm more strongly in his corner. Seldom has a PRO shown more courage, or needed to.

I hope never to see a race committee mutiny on me, the way his did on St. Valentine's Day. But "Stalwart Harold" pushed forward and took charge, mustering irregulars into the corps to get the flags up & down and the guns fired. We need a Hall of Fame for race officials. -- http://forum.sailingscuttlebutt.com

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If memory serves… RC fell out of grace of EB for exactly these items, he wanted to run the affair and EB wanted the mantel piece." (quoting Dave in Forum of Valencia Sailing)

If an eye for an eye ethics and reaching aims at any price are the pracitcally shown morally basis of the decisive players in one of the worlds leading sailing events I am simply doupting their understanding of fairness and sportsmanship as well as their integrity. No matter if others acted on the same poor level or not.

 

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