Thursday, November 25, 2010

Alinghi announces sailing program; not to enter America's Cup; focus on Extreme Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Alinghi, two times winner of the America’s Cup, has today announced that it will not enter a team in the 34th edition of the prestigious sailing trophy and instead has launched a new programme that will see the Swiss team participating in the Extreme Sailing Series.

After a careful evaluation of the protocol and other initiatives taken by the American Defender and its Challenger of Record, Alinghi considers that the existing conditions make it impossible for the team to participate in the 34th America’s Cup.

Alinghi remains interested in the America’s Cup and will be closely following its developments in the coming months but for the immediate future it will concentrate its efforts in other world class challenges. The Extreme Sailing Series, a championship raced with 40-feet catamarans that is expanding geographically and commercially in 2011 whilst maintaining a truly level playfield and exciting competition, provides the perfect ground for Alinghi to develop its international sailing activity. In parallel, the team will continue to participate in the D35 series on Lake Geneva.

Alinghi won the 2008 iShares Cup. Cowes, 2 August 2008. Photo copyright onEdition

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34 Comments:

At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for them!
A little disappointed they dont join AC34, but if AC35 is still in multis who knows?

 
At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"existing conditions make it impossible for the team to participate in the 34th America’s Cup"

Must be their fear of wings :)

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

«prestigious sailing trophy»

It used to be prestigious... Until BOR took the prestige out of it.

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

good decision !!!

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger david said...

patience slowly slowly catch the monkey ......months not years read it and weep

 
At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"remains interested in the America’s Cup and will be closely following its developments in the coming months"

What are they saying?

 
At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"existing conditions" = "no venues and schedules" .... Like everyone else so far.

 
At 12:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Alinghi GO!!!!!!!!!

 
At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

exisiting conditions = Oracle have signed 90% of the designers involved in AC 33, they have two year+ design headstart, and the small matter that being non-winnable, AC34 is a complete waste of money.

They've done the right thing, give this edition, and maybe the next a miss, then hire the best guys again and nail the defender, hopefully it's still Oracle.

Ernesto's still young.

 
At 2:38 AM, Blogger Norby said...

sour grapes?

 
At 4:48 AM, Blogger WetHog said...

Ah gee thats to bad.

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"give this edition, and maybe the next a miss"

And then they will be even farther behind everyone else. It is a most cunning strategy you suggest..

 
At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad so sad
bertie got beat
still hurts

bye bye bertie
bye bye

 
At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alinghi remains interested in the America’s Cup and will be closely following its developments in the coming months

Is it true the real estate deals in SF could be a breach of fiduciary duty? Are RC and LE using the Cup for personal business transactions? Should we expect some legal action in NY in the near future?

It's going to be an interesting Christmas....

 
At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alinghi... the heart still beats.
Only someone that worked on this amazing team will ever be able to understand. There will never be anything like it again.
I tell you now.. If Ernesto decided to push the button again, Oracle would be screwed.

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All they need now is for ETNZ to pull the plug, which is a distinct possibility and BMWOR will have ruined two AC cycles and taken what was the greatest event in our sport back to the darkages. Talk about Flinstones!

Good decision Mr Bertarelli.

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

10:24 AM anon
well, just as Ernesto pushed the button in AC33??

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

go alinghi!

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger WetHog said...

It is interesting to read some state BMWO would be in trouble if Alinghi signed up for AC34. Based on what? Based on Alinghi's performance in a lake cat league that they started and run, or their sterling performance in AC33?

Alinghi dominated the AC scene from 2003 to 2007 in mono's. That is not in question, but their supposed expertise in multi's is just that, supposed.

Regardless, I would like to see them sign up for AC34. It would certainly add some drama and intrique to the event, but if they don't oh well. The AC has survived world wars and court crap and keeps chugging along. Teams and billionaires come and go, but the Cup will push along.

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His choice to make. The Cup does not need Ernesto.

 
At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 10:24 am
also close fan's are able to understand... but alinghi lost that's ac. ten beautiful and successfull years are history and nothing can destroy the good memories... so show your colours!

 
At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm proud to say that my years at Alinghi were the best of my life.

If you didn't work for Alinghi you could never understand how good it was to be with a team of people like that.

Thanks so much Ernesto!!!

 
At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Alinghi !!! Hopefully TNZ joins them and we finish this crap soon

 
At 2:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Artemist panic with this budget !! This Cup is Crap !!! Well done Alinghi

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paco lead balls latore is still on the pay roll probaby with old fish nets. It was people like these who ruined the Alinghi Team.
No wonder they are not doing it. First thing EB should do is get rid of these pricks and save himself some money.

 
At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there will be one day in the future (really close) that people will take note that Ellison little cup sucks!
If the people that talk bullshit about Alinghi have ever the chance to work for a team like this one, they might will change mind.

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:30 AM anon,

there is a fatal flaw in your logic: BMWOracle's dominance will not be "finished" unless someone stands up and beats them "on the water".

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

uuuhhhh ERNE$TO you are so wonderfull
aghhhhh ERNE$TO you are so beatifull
If I hear your name my heart is beating like a drum
and I want to make love with you forever
uuuhhhh ERNE$TO you are so wonderfull
aghhhhh ERNE$TO you are so beatifull
You are the King of Kings
and the god of all sailing
You it is I want to serve FOREVER

 
At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Ernesto, Kirsti, Mama, Maria and Claudio!
We will never forget the past ten years.

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

Here ya go, Alinghi Bashers!

http://s843.photobucket.com/albums/zz356/BlackburnL/The%20Beef%20Speaks/?albumview=slideshow

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Umpire said...

How will BB fit on an Extreme 40?

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

movable ballast in heavy weather?

 
At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was never a fan of Alinghi , but I think the whole sailing community should have a big respect to what they achieved during the last 10 years . Now that the Cup is under a different umbrella we can see how badly it can be managed to the point where I think they can ruin the event

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have respect for what Team Alinghi (Team New Zealand "A" team???) achieved in monohulls in the last decade. However, Mr Bertarellis behaviour in AC33 was disgraceful (at best) and, together with the pathetic performance of Alinghi in AC 33, has severly damaged the overall impression of Alinghi.

 

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