Friday, April 23, 2010

Alameda Urges Ellison to Bring America's Cup Races to San Francisco Bay

[Source: City of Alameda] In a letter dated March 3, 2010 signed by the mayor and all members of the Alameda City Council, the City of Alameda has congratulated America's Cup winner Larry Ellison on his spectacular win over the Italian [Alinghi is, obviously, Swiss, but it seems they mixed it up at the City of Alameda. This introductory text is copied as is from the release sent by the City of Alameda] contender, Alinghi 5, in the 2010 America's Cup races last February. The City also urged Ellison to bring the next series of America's Cup races to San Francisco.

Read the full text of the City's letter below:

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At 10:01 PM, Blogger Yago said...

Alinghi is swiss!

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Yago said...

Alinghi is swiss.

At 12:13 AM, Blogger David said...

those kind of things can happen when you use a made up name.
Besides which, I don't see a national reference [Italian, USA or otherwise] in the text.

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Rigger Mortis said...

This is disgraceful. What a terrible error. Dumb ass Americans. The Cup should be returned to Europe immediately where it will continue to receive the dignity and respect it deserves. Already, the rot is setting in and it will only get worse.

At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only ones to be upset here should be the Italians. What an unbelievable insult to them!

At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At this point, that you like them or not they won the Cup twice. Not many can say the same. So, the basic respect is simply not to insult Alinghi, but the American education may miss elements such as courtesy and dignity.
For the knowledge of few ignorants, the Italians were always proud to consider Alinghi as almost Italian. And to insult MLatino by comparing them to anyone, it would go fairly deep as really they are the worse out there.
Coutts said May would be the month the calendar of actions would be disclosed. Let's wait and see. Maybe they have nice ideas for the benefit of the community. Who knows.

At 4:19 AM, Blogger Boston Sailor said...

Can the writer of the article please provide the source of information as to where they heard the group who wrote the letter refer to Alinghi as Italian?

I don't see any reference to Alinghi being mis-represented as an Italian club in the letter and boy did is spark controversy on the comment thread.

Would just be nice to see some sources or facts to back up the initial claim is all.

At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Americans should be stripped of the Americas Cup immediately and returned to the rightful owners and the only deed compliant in Americas Cup 33.

At 3:53 PM, Blogger WetHog said...

I thought all you Euro Cats were past petty nationality designations and united on the flag of the EU? One big tribe!

And return the Cup to Europe where it will be treated with respect huh? Probably the funniest statement said since AC33 ended. Delusional are we? Or over inflated self importance? Me thinks both.

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alinghi won twice and lost once BIG TIME. And this is how they will be remembered: EB's pathetic and ignorat attempts to compete with a professional first class skipper resulting in two unnessecary (but well deserved penalties), deltas of 15 and 5 minutes and a mutiny against the race officer. I am Italian, and I definitely do not want to be associated with this jerk. We have other teams that we can be proud of including Prada, ML and Azzurra.

At 4:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pierre, I didn't see any part of the text where the City of Alameda calls Alinghi Italian. Where did you get this from? And for the raging commentators here, I also didn't see anything wrong in the letter. It is a fair try to bring an important event to their town. This is what public officials should do. It is their job. What's wrong with you guys?

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Bridget said...

Enough of the bullshit comments, it never stops!!! I vote for San Fran as it is only one flight from New Zealand and will be easy to go and visit my hubbie and for him to come home and see me and the kids! GO ALAMEDA!!!

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Alameda is a logical choice. Plenty of water front property for teams to roost. And a smart local government. Better yet, a community that has serviced maritime interest since and before Jack London.

The best place for the village is in the heart of San Francisco.
The city has possession of ample water front.
Will they get out of the way and let this cash cow happen?

Only Gavin can say.

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a nice website up promoting Alameda as a helper for San Francisco.


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