Thursday, August 05, 2010

BMW Oracle "discusses and dialogs" with potential teams in Cowes

Key dates of the 34th America's Cup
Protocol rule:published by August 31
Design rules:published by September 30
Venue & Year:confirmed by December 31
Challenges accepted:October 1 – January 31, 2011

[Source: BMW Oracle] Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, came to Cowes, birthplace of the America’s Cup, to update potential teams about plans for the 34th America’s Cup, scheduled for 2013 or 2014.

He met skippers, sponsors and team owners competing in the Extreme Sailing Series for 40-foot catamarans.

“Since winning the 33rd America’s Cup in February we have had ongoing dialogue with interested parties,” commented Coutts.

Independent rule writers are currently simultaneously creating a new class of monohull and multihull boats. Though different in type, the two concepts share common characteristics: high speed and capability across the wind range; 22 meters overall length; logistical simplicity; and designed from the outset to incorporate innovative camera, audio and data systems to generate the best-ever television of America’s Cup racing.

Coutts’ briefing to the multihull meeting was warmly welcomed. “The multihull sailors, designers and team owners have a voice in this debate. So do the commercial partners and the venue candidates. And so does television. That’s why we are talking and listening,” he added.

Asked if the monohull or multihull choice would affect the number of teams in the next Cup, Coutts said, "I think there are solid potential teams who are intent on excelling no matter what type of boat is raced. The question is which choice will result in the best America’s Cup? That is why we are holding these workshops with both monohull and multihull stakeholders."

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At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullshit - Oracle's only way to defend the Cup successfully is in multihulls. Why isn't Coutts honest and cuts the crap?

At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I hear there's a lot of talking and very little listening.

Why don't they just get on with it and announce multi-hulls, wings, 4 teams in San Fran 2014. They may as well announce the venue and time of the 35th, 36th and 37th AC at the same time.

Total stitch up come back Ernesto all is forgiven.

At 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Coutts has won it before in monohulls so I also think Oracle have a chance there to.

At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

In other words, Russell is trying to sign up as many multihull teams as possible so that the objections of the existing AC challengers become a minority opinion.

Come on Russell, just admit its going to be in cats and stop trying to convince everybody that you give a toss about their opinion.

At 4:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:42 PM - you know jackxxxx like the rest of us until the paperwork is official and published per the timeline. Even then they will be able to form their COR with a CC and request changes. Like a lot of people you are too anxious to recognized a new process for the AC changing to being more fair and inclusive for all to benefit. Unwind you knickers and relax or go home to Enrievision.

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:38 AM
I totally agree with you

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds good to me but seriously, since when is "dialog" a verb?!?!

At 4:19 AM, Blogger Norby said...

it's been 6 months already and you alinghi folks haven't yet swallowed your defeat in valencia. stfu whynners.

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can very well accept the defeat and still criticise the weakness of the BOR Process.

They ciritcised so much in the past, they have put expectations very high.

Now they have to deliver and they don't!

Nothing to do with Alinghi. Long gone and forgotten. It is just about the future.

At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

doesn't sound like that to me....

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Looks like the Larry camp doesn't like it now the shoe is on the other foot. You've got to admit that there is plenty of room for comment considering the fuss you all made about fair rules, challenger involvement, open and transparent communication, reducing the costs etc etc etc......


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