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.