With the prospects of another America’s Cup being held in Valencia getting slimmer by the day, the sight of teams packing up and leaving will, unfortunately, become more common. According to reliable information we received yesterday, the first victim of the end of this Cup cycle will be the former defender and two-time winner of the event, Alinghi. It seems the Swiss team will be definitely leaving Valencia next month, something that makes sense after the latest statements from Ernesto Bertarelli. Although he tried to sound positive by saying that “Alinghi always rebounds” it’s probably difficult to justify the presence in such a big base in Valencia if the team morphs into something completely different and, most probably, smaller.
As one can see from the photos there is a lot of containers at the base while Alinghi 5 is still docked there, stripped down to the bare essentials. In what reminded the infamous pictures when some of the big-name banks failed in 2009, some team members were leaving the base with all their belongings in a couple of boxes.
By the way, we also hear that some people were let go as well from the current Defender, BMW Oracle.