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