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Alinghi launches multihull training programme on Lake Geneva

Posted on 30 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Alinghi, 33rd America’s Cup Defender, has started its 2009-2010 multihull campaign in Switzerland launching the two Décision 35 catamarans that will be used as training platforms towards a multihull America’s Cup in May 2010. The sailing team will be dedicated to multihull training, racing the Challenge Julius Baer on Lake Geneva for the rest of the season and withdrawing from other monohull commitments.

In addition to Ernesto Bertarelli’s original SUI1, the team has chartered a second Décision 35 (SUI6) for the season and the two grand prix multihulls will race the eight events that span the summer, starting on 8 May with the Grand Prix Corum.

Ed Baird will helm Alinghi SUI6 with Brad Butterworth as tactician while Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi president, will helm Alinghi SUI1. “Ernesto and his team have been strong in this class for years, we look forward to learning from and with them throughout the season,” said Baird. “We realise we have a lot to learn, and there will be a number of great crews to race against, so we’re excited to have the opportunity to get back on the water in a competitive environment.”

The Alinghi multihulls will face a strong 10-boat fleet that includes some of the best offshore multihull sailors in the world, and while an Alinghi team has won the last two championships on the Lake, the group is candid in its expectations: “We are here to try to win, just as we did last year, but this season is going to be tough: the circuit has two new boats (Veltigroup and Banque Populaire) manned by highly professional multihull sailors with lots of experience, so the starts of the races will be more challenging. We will definitely be trying to keep the trophy in our hands though!” said Yves Detrey, Alinghi bow/mastman.

The first event, the Grand Prix Corum is from 8-10 May at the Société Nautique de Genève, so the Alinghi teams will start training from next Monday, “the D-35′s represent a more sophisticated racing multihull than we have experienced before, and we need all the training opportunities we can get as we prepare for an America’s Cup in multihulls,” Ed Baird concluded.

Crew lists

Alinghi SUI1
Club: Société Nautique de Genève
Ernesto Bertarelli, helmsman
Pierre-Yves Jorand, mainsail trimmer, performance
Nils Frei, trimmer
Yves Detrey, bow/mastman, boat captain
JC Monnin, trimmer, performance
Luc Dubois, helmsman, performance
Tanguy Cariou, tactician
Coraline Jonet, trimmer
Andrew Graham, spare
Claudy Dewarrat, coach
Christian Wahl, tactician

Alinghi SUI6
Club: Société Nautique de Genève
Ed Baird, helmsman
Brad Butterworth, tactician
Warwick Fleury, mainsail trimmer
Lorenzo Mazza, trimmer
Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen, bow/mastman
Curtis Blewett, bow/mastman
Murray Jones, tactician

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Alinghi’s view on the latest developments of the 33rd America’s Cup

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Dear Alinghi Friends,

We would like to share with you the latest developments of the 33rd America’s Cup.

Representatives of the yacht club’s America’s Cup committee and representatives of Golden Gate Yacht Club, Challenger of Record, met on the 23rd April at the Société Nautique de Genève, under the presidency of vice-commodore Fred Meyer.

During this meeting, SNG confirmed that they accepted the Challenge of the Golden Gate Yacht Club for the 33rd America’s Cup and has informed the American yacht club that our team, Alinghi, will be ready to race their 90x90ft boat (as stated in the GGYC Notice of Challenge of July 2007) in 2010.

SNG also expressed its willingness for the challenger selection to be open to other teams and has encourages GGYC to do so by offering them more time for teams to prepare if necessary. In this matter, SNG has declared being ready to give more time to teams wishing to take part in a challenger selection series in multihulls. It was also stated that SNG would be flexible and ready to discuss other terms of the 33rd America’s Cup such as race format, venue or calendar.

Confirmation that the 33rd America’s Cup will be raced on multihulls is the consequence of the fact that SNG and Alinghi have been forced by the GGYC’s challenge of July 2007 to build a multihull, despite of the fact our club and our team have been working hard with a group of challengers in the last two years to create an America’s Cup that would suit the current global economic situation, i.e with a single boat per team. However, BMW Oracle Racing, representing Golden Gate Yacht Club, which has interrupted this process with legal procedures in order to become the Challenger of Record, has recently made a proposal to organise a Cup in 2011, presumably with two boats per team, therefore in total contradiction with the economical efforts decided by the 18 challenger teams and Alinghi.

Now Alinghi has built a giant multihull in Villeneuve on the shores of Lake Geneva where this boat will be launched soon. Huge efforts, both technological and financial, have been invested in this project. In the meantime, Alinghi sailing team is preparing for this exciting adventure and will be training and racing in Lake Geneva this coming season.

BMW Oracle Racing has also been training on their giant trimaran since summer 2008.

Once this 33rd America’s Cup on multihull is over, if SNG and Alinghi win in their defense of the Cup, hopefully, we intend to welcome a new Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup with who we will be able to organise a new event with the biggest amount of challengers and with limited costs to allow every competitor to realistically aim for victory.

We are proud of our colours and will do our best to defend them with flair and we rely on your support, for which we thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon for the first sail onboard the new Alinghi multihull on Lake Geneva.

Kind regards,

Alinghi

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Alinghi’s view on the latest developments of the 33rd America’s Cup

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Dear Alinghi Friends,

We would like to share with you the latest developments of the 33rd America’s Cup.

Representatives of the yacht club’s America’s Cup committee and representatives of Golden Gate Yacht Club, Challenger of Record, met on the 23rd April at the Société Nautique de Genève, under the presidency of vice-commodore Fred Meyer.

During this meeting, SNG confirmed that they accepted the Challenge of the Golden Gate Yacht Club for the 33rd America’s Cup and has informed the American yacht club that our team, Alinghi, will be ready to race their 90x90ft boat (as stated in the GGYC Notice of Challenge of July 2007) in 2010.

SNG also expressed its willingness for the challenger selection to be open to other teams and has encourages GGYC to do so by offering them more time for teams to prepare if necessary. In this matter, SNG has declared being ready to give more time to teams wishing to take part in a challenger selection series in multihulls. It was also stated that SNG would be flexible and ready to discuss other terms of the 33rd America’s Cup such as race format, venue or calendar.

Confirmation that the 33rd America’s Cup will be raced on multihulls is the consequence of the fact that SNG and Alinghi have been forced by the GGYC’s challenge of July 2007 to build a multihull, despite of the fact our club and our team have been working hard with a group of challengers in the last two years to create an America’s Cup that would suit the current global economic situation, i.e with a single boat per team. However, BMW Oracle Racing, representing Golden Gate Yacht Club, which has interrupted this process with legal procedures in order to become the Challenger of Record, has recently made a proposal to organise a Cup in 2011, presumably with two boats per team, therefore in total contradiction with the economical efforts decided by the 18 challenger teams and Alinghi.

Now Alinghi has built a giant multihull in Villeneuve on the shores of Lake Geneva where this boat will be launched soon. Huge efforts, both technological and financial, have been invested in this project. In the meantime, Alinghi sailing team is preparing for this exciting adventure and will be training and racing in Lake Geneva this coming season.

BMW Oracle Racing has also been training on their giant trimaran since summer 2008.

Once this 33rd America’s Cup on multihull is over, if SNG and Alinghi win in their defense of the Cup, hopefully, we intend to welcome a new Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup with who we will be able to organise a new event with the biggest amount of challengers and with limited costs to allow every competitor to realistically aim for victory.

We are proud of our colours and will do our best to defend them with flair and we rely on your support, for which we thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon for the first sail onboard the new Alinghi multihull on Lake Geneva.

Kind regards,

Alinghi

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Statement from the Société Nautique de Genève

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) and its club Golden Gate (GGYC) have again chosen the New York law courts, instead of accepting an invitation to another meeting to discuss the terms of the 33rd America’s Cup. They have ignored both our proposal to open the competition to other challengers and our invitation to agree to mutual consent terms.

As Defender of the America’s Cup, Alinghi and the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) are duty bound to fulfill the Deed of Gift that governs the event. The document clearly states that May is the earliest possible date for a race in the Northern Hemisphere, where both clubs are located. The New York Supreme Court Order does not instruct us to breach our duties as trustee.

The Deed of Gift also states that the Challenger of Record should provide the Defender with a Custom-House Registry of the vessel ‘as soon as possible’. This they also ignore. The Deed of Gift is not a document to be cast aside at convenience: the wording is clear on the matter of the dates and cannot be dismissed because it does not suit GGYC and BMW Oracle Racing’s current wishes.

The Société Nautique de Genève is prepared to defend its position, which fully respects the Deed of Gift as the governing document of the America’s Cup, before the New York Supreme Court and will require BOR and the GGYC to do the same.

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Video highlights from the Cagliari RC44 Cup

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Winner of the fleet regatta, Larry Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing also grabs the Cagliari RC 44 Cup – the combined fleet & match race ranking – ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Igor Lah’s Ceeref. Aqua, Ceeref and Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis finish the event on a tie, with seven points each; however the fleet race results are taken into account to separate the teams on equal points, hence offering the silver to Bake and the bronze to Lah.

Highlights from last week’s Cagliari RC44 Cup. Video copyright RC44

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Statement from the Société Nautique de Genève

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) and its club Golden Gate (GGYC) have again chosen the New York law courts, instead of accepting an invitation to another meeting to discuss the terms of the 33rd America’s Cup. They have ignored both our proposal to open the competition to other challengers and our invitation to agree to mutual consent terms.

As Defender of the America’s Cup, Alinghi and the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) are duty bound to fulfill the Deed of Gift that governs the event. The document clearly states that May is the earliest possible date for a race in the Northern Hemisphere, where both clubs are located. The New York Supreme Court Order does not instruct us to breach our duties as trustee.

The Deed of Gift also states that the Challenger of Record should provide the Defender with a Custom-House Registry of the vessel ‘as soon as possible’. This they also ignore. The Deed of Gift is not a document to be cast aside at convenience: the wording is clear on the matter of the dates and cannot be dismissed because it does not suit GGYC and BMW Oracle Racing’s current wishes.

The Société Nautique de Genève is prepared to defend its position, which fully respects the Deed of Gift as the governing document of the America’s Cup, before the New York Supreme Court and will require BOR and the GGYC to do the same.

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Video highlights from the Cagliari RC44 Cup

Posted on 29 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Winner of the fleet regatta, Larry Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing also grabs the Cagliari RC 44 Cup – the combined fleet & match race ranking – ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Igor Lah’s Ceeref. Aqua, Ceeref and Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis finish the event on a tie, with seven points each; however the fleet race results are taken into account to separate the teams on equal points, hence offering the silver to Bake and the bronze to Lah.

Highlights from last week’s Cagliari RC44 Cup. Video copyright RC44

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Statement from GGYC: Oral hearing scheduled for May 14

Posted on 28 April 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Related PDF Documents

- Order from NY Supreme Court for May 14th hearing

- Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Enforce Order and Judgment and for Contempt

- Affirmation of GGYC lawyer In Support of Motion to Enforce Order

[Source: Golden Gate Yacht Club] At Golden Gate Yacht Club’s request, the Supreme Court of the State of New York today issued an order directing the defender, Société Nautique de Genève, to show cause why it should not be held in contempt of court. SNG has refused to comply with the Court’s April 7, 2009 Order and Judgment concerning the dates for the next America’s Cup match.

The court scheduled a hearing for May 14, 2009 at 0930. In early April the New York State Court of Appeals, in a unanimous 6-0 ruling, held that GGYC is the rightful challenger, and that the next match would be in ten months, meaning early February 2010.

However, in a letter last week to GGYC, SNG unilaterally dictated that the match would be in May 2010 in defiance of the Court’s April 7 Order and Judgment. SNG and Alinghi officials also made the same statements widely in the media.

“By forcing litigation over our rightful challenge, they have already managed to delay the match from July 2008 to February 2010,” said GGYC spokesman Tom Ehman. “Now they seek another three-month delay, in defiance of the Court’s clear mandate. Enough is enough.”

At a meeting with SNG representatives in Geneva last week, GGYC’s straightforward proposal for a conventional, multi-challenger America’s Cup in monohulls was categorically rejected by SNG.

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