Russell Coutts takes his gloves off in Valencia

Posted on 20 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

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Russell Coutts press conference – Valencia, 20 Jan 2010

It’s been yet another long day in Valencia that started at 10am in the Alinghi base and finished well after 8pm inside the meeting room set up in the temporary base of BMW Oracle in the commercial port. That’s also the reason my report on the very interesting technical details given by Ed Baird and Rolf Vrolijk will be delayed.

As one can hear during the Alinghi presentation, most of Ernesto Bertarelli’s and Brad Butterworth’s remarks, as well as the questions asked, focused more on the politics and legal issues of the America’s Cup rather than the sports side and that’s what probably triggered Russell Coutts to summon the press half an hour after the end of Alinghi’s media gathering.

We had the opportunity and privilege to tour the BMW Oracle temporary base with Russell Coutts as a guide and even entered the wing shed to have a close look, and even photograph, the impressive wing. Still, the key point of the afternoon, and probably of the day, was Coutts taking his gloves off to launch a vigorous verbal attack on Alinghi and its owner, Ernesto Bertarelli. It was the first time Coutts took the ongoing battle between the two teams to a personal level, after Alinghi “had gone out of their way to have personal attacks”, on various members of his team, the latest being Larry. On the other hand, so far, his team has “worked hard not to personalize” the issues. For Coutts, the only issues are about the rules and only.

He wanted to “set the rules straight”, being “tired of the immature, stupid cartoons and personal attacks coming out from the other side”, referring to the cartoons regularly published on Alinghi’s website. He stated he “restrained” for two and a half years but he wasn’t going to put up with “this rubbish” any longer.

BMW Oracle’s wing under maintenance. Valencia, 20 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

BMW Oracle’s wing under maintenance. Valencia, 20 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Coutts is finally exsposed for the hateful greedy little chap he is.Not happy being paid for not doing the cup last time and leaving his mates to tidy up he now has let his true emotions show the envy and jealousy he has for eb.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Coutts at his worst, what a wanker could not stop laughing when he defends Larry like a lap dog.
    If Larry is so good he should steer and not worry about thye botox

  3. Anonymous Says:

    should have slept on it what a child

Russell Coutts takes his gloves off in Valencia

Posted on 20 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Related Audio File

Russell Coutts press conference – Valencia, 20 Jan 2010

It’s been yet another long day in Valencia that started at 10am in the Alinghi base and finished well after 8pm inside the meeting room set up in the temporary base of BMW Oracle in the commercial port. That’s also the reason my report on the very interesting technical details given by Ed Baird and Rolf Vrolijk will be delayed.

As one can hear during the Alinghi presentation, most of Ernesto Bertarelli’s and Brad Butterworth’s remarks, as well as the questions asked, focused more on the politics and legal issues of the America’s Cup rather than the sports side and that’s what probably triggered Russell Coutts to summon the press half an hour after the end of Alinghi’s media gathering.

We had the opportunity and privilege to tour the BMW Oracle temporary base with Russell Coutts as a guide and even entered the wing shed to have a close look, and even photograph, the impressive wing. Still, the key point of the afternoon, and probably of the day, was Coutts taking his gloves off to launch a vigorous verbal attack on Alinghi and its owner, Ernesto Bertarelli. It was the first time Coutts took the ongoing battle between the two teams to a personal level, after Alinghi “had gone out of their way to have personal attacks”, on various members of his team, the latest being Larry. On the other hand, so far, his team has “worked hard not to personalize” the issues. For Coutts, the only issues are about the rules and only.

He wanted to “set the rules straight”, being “tired of the immature, stupid cartoons and personal attacks coming out from the other side”, referring to the cartoons regularly published on Alinghi’s website. He stated he “restrained” for two and a half years but he wasn’t going to put up with “this rubbish” any longer.

BMW Oracle’s wing under maintenance. Valencia, 20 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

BMW Oracle’s wing under maintenance. Valencia, 20 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

6 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Coutts is finally exsposed for the hateful greedy little chap he is.Not happy being paid for not doing the cup last time and leaving his mates to tidy up he now has let his true emotions show the envy and jealousy he has for eb.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Coutts at his worst, what a wanker could not stop laughing when he defends Larry like a lap dog.
    If Larry is so good he should steer and not worry about thye botox

  3. Anonymous Says:

    should have slept on it what a child

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Coutts is finally exsposed for the hateful greedy little chap he is.Not happy being paid for not doing the cup last time and leaving his mates to tidy up he now has let his true emotions show the envy and jealousy he has for eb.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Coutts at his worst, what a wanker could not stop laughing when he defends Larry like a lap dog.
    If Larry is so good he should steer and not worry about thye botox

  6. Anonymous Says:

    should have slept on it what a child

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