Diss-meeting of the Minds

Both America’s Cup teams held press conferences on Friday evening in Valencia, three days ahead of Race One. Here are the “highlights.” On who does what: Ernesto Bertarelli at the Alinghi base Alinghi owner Ernesto Bertarelli announced that he intends to share the helm(s) of his catamaran with the great Loick Peyron. Ellison, left, and helmsman Jimmy Spithill BMW [...]

5th February 2010.
By Kimball Livingston

Both America’s Cup teams held press conferences on Friday evening in Valencia, three days ahead of Race One. Here are the “highlights.”

On who does what:

Bertarelli_Feb_5_2010Ernesto Bertarelli at the Alinghi base

Alinghi owner Ernesto Bertarelli announced that he intends to share the helm(s) of his catamaran with the great Loick Peyron.

Ellison_Spithill_Feb_5_2010Ellison, left, and helmsman Jimmy Spithill

BMW Oracle Racing owner Larry Ellison announced that he will not sail Race One (which threatens to have light winds), “Because there’s a weight limit. I’m disappointed, but I’m not going to do anything that jeopardizes our chances of winning the race.”

BOR_pressconferencePress conference at the BOR base

Ellison on the character of America’s Cup 33:

“It’s like a heavyweight championship fight where the fighters don’t like each other. People can be fascinated by things like that.”

Bertarelli on further court hearings:

“As far as I’m concerned it’s over on the water.”


About the author:

Kimball Livingston

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Kimball Livingston is a former senior editor, and now editor-at-large, for SAIL. His work also has appeared in Sailing World, Cruising World, Soundings, and more. Over three years, Kimball sailed the Centennial Transpacific, Centennial Newport-Bermuda, and 100th Chicago-Mac. His blog posts appear courtesy of his website www.KimballLivingston.com.
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