Posted on 01 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team Origin] TEAMORIGIN, the yacht racing team established by Sir Keith Mills, and skippered by triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Ainslie, announced today that it will not be challenging for the next America’s Cup scheduled for 2013.

The team, which was set up in 2007, has been waiting for three years to enter the America’s Cup, which was delayed when the US team, BMW ORACLE Racing, took the Swiss team, Alinghi, through the US courts. The US team won the court battle and won the 33rd America’s Cup Match to become the America’s Cup Defender in February this year. The new US Defender has recently announced the format for the next America’s Cup, including the rules and type of boat to be raced. TEAMORIGIN has also been briefed by the Defender and has made numerous comments on both the regatta rules and class rule.

Having now had a chance to analyse the race format, the proposed fixed wing catamaran boat, the timetable, rules and costs, Sir Keith has concluded that the 34th America’s Cup is neither viable commercially, nor an attractive sporting contest for TEAMORIGIN. Therefore he has decided that the team will not submit a challenge when the challenge period opens on 1 November.

Sir Keith Mills, TEAMORIGIN Team Principal, “After three years of waiting in the wings to enter a British team in the America’s Cup I am bitterly disappointed that we will not be competing. However, the format and timetable decided by the Defender, BMW/Oracle, is simply not viable for TEAMORIGIN. We have assembled an outstanding team, led by Grant Simmer and Ben Ainslie, and I am personally very sorry that they won’t now get the chance to race for a British team in the next America’s Cup”.

Over the next couple of months TEAMORIGIN will be considering whether it will compete in other yachting events over the next few years.

40 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    My money is on the Volvo…

  2. Anonymous Says:

    6:19PM – Good that you have some money, because word on the street is that team origin doesn't…

  3. Liz24 Says:

    Big shame, though entirely understandable. I'm sure, now that Keith Mills has laid his cards upon the table, that TO won't be the only team to decline the invitation to compete in the 34th America's Cup.

    BMW Oracle Racing are in danger of ruining the America's Cup altogether. The dignity shown by Alingi was the only good thing to come out of the 33rd debacle.

    The other teams don't want to come out to play BOR. They will find another game, where the rules are fair and everyone stands a chance of winning.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    disaster for BOR…

  5. Anonymous Says:

    BOR are you happy now ? !!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    BOR …IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Interesting. Would they have pulled out if they had been consulted extensively as cheater coutts pretends? Will simmer now go back with bertarelli?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Oracle , you will keep the Cup because you will be alone !!! This is the worst protocol ever saw
    Cats also is a wrong call … take a look to the little AC and please tell me if this was close racing ….was a joke .

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Nice one Coutts ..seriously how to kill a sport!

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Russell Coutts…shocker.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    coutts.. seriously, you need to go mono hull or you are going to go down in history as the biggest screw up in the history of the Americas Cup.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    This has become a joke. ERNESTO.PLEASE HELP. Your old team is ready and waiting. Just make the call.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    9:55. well said. Russell. you really do need to decide what you want from the Cup. This is looking really bad. If you want revenge against your old team mates this aint gonna cut it. Come on, what are you thinking. The PR is gonna be so bad from now on. Do you really want to finish your career this way. Such a shame that one guy can be able and allowed to create so much negative and poor feeling. You can make this great, just have the integrity and balls to make it so.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    AC34 = BOR vs BOR B-Team ..uh, i mean Mascalzone Latino

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Better to choke before spending big $$$$ than after…

    Dust off those boring old Olympic class boats, the Poms are coming home..

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Sad for the guys at TO.

    They are going to miss one hell of a good AC34.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    bor you can change your decision!!! don't fuck all the teams !!

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Good article here too

    Bummer for the cup, but those British never seem to enter anyway.

  19. Cristián Alberto Palau Cabrera Says:




    Best regards,
    Cristián Palau

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Well done Origin !! Hopefully more Teams do the same ..and RC can put the Cup in his as…….

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Russel you will sell this event only to Oracle …..what a shocker

  22. Anonymous Says:

    Russel you will sell this event only to Oracle …..what a shocker

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Russel you will sell this event only to Oracle …..what a shocker

  24. Anonymous Says:

    It would be good to see them put an entry into the Volvo.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    Shame – but totally understandable. Will be interesting to see who does actually front up and enter.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    Coutts and Oracle and Ellison and Ehman are now being unmasked and everybody starts to miss the good old times with Alinghi as Defender (at least Bertarelli had a level play field for AC32, he then consulted with the challengers for the AC90 rule in 2007 and 18 teams where ready to race AC33 before being eliminated by Ellison's legal strategy)

  27. Anonymous Says:

    good interview with Ernesto on the Financial Times web site.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    At what point will Larry realize that Russell is screwing things up royally, and decide to intervene. Followed by Russell's traditional throw-the-toys-out-of-the-cot tantrum, followed by resignation. Deja vu all over again.

  29. Anonymous Says:

    Probably at the point the LE takes an enormous dump and extrudes SrRshle's forearm from his rectal passage. At that point LE will find that he regains full utility of his head, neck and vocal chords.

  30. Anonymous Says:

    It used to be said that Ernesto had achieved the unthinkable: making Larry Ellison appear to be an honorable man.

    Now Russell has returned the favor by making Ernesto look comparitively honest and ethical.

  31. Anonymous Says:


    …nicely said!

  32. Anonymous Says:

    Mills never did have enough money. It was all mouth. This has nothing to do with Russell, or with Bertarelli. It is quite obviously all about Mills mouth, Mills money, and Mills!

  33. Anonymous Says:

    bOR said that will be more chalengers and cup will be cheaper – looks like noooooot

  34. Anonymous Says:

    The AC tradition has been allways clear ….is in monohulls . The stupid wing is a disaster also ….RC do you think you are doing something good for the sport that has given you so much ? I don't think so . Unfortunately all this story doesn't speak well about Mr RC

  35. Anonymous Says:

    Larry , please please add your input to your Team ..they are lost ….please save the AC . you have still the time to bring this back to a fair , normal and excellent competition ..Mono Hull – Soft Sails – Fair protocol – slightly lower budget …so at the end the AC90 or AC33 from Ernesto looked GREAT !!!!!!!!!!

  36. Anonymous Says:

    Larry y Russel ..por favor no destruyan mas la Copa America ..Ya bastante han hecho .

  37. Anonymous Says:

    RC please please stop sailing …you have already plenty of $$$ .. At the end is worst than a corrupted politician

  38. WetHog Says:

    So Team Orafice makes official what has been known for a long time now…………they are quiters.

    Dame Mills, I hardly knew ya. lol

    And Ben Ainsle and friends were "sad" at the news huh? Nice touch.

  39. Anonymous Says:

    Q: How can you tell when Russell Coutts is lying?

    A: His lips move….

  40. Anonymous Says:

    Well done TO. Why enter a race that the Defender has made up so that nobody can beat them?

    And for all of you guys begging RC to change his mind: The only thing that RC mind is set is on €€€.
    And he is no differnt then before. His mind was set on €€€ from the moment he signed with Alinghi in 2000. The only difference is that then EB DID NOT let RC cheat to beat TNZ. RC strategy was to weaken TNZ by attacking them on legal and accounting stuff. EB's STRONG LEADERSHIP forced RC away from that evil plan and Russ had to win with fair sailing.
    Everyone knows the story from there on: EB fired RC and for the good of the AC was able to keep RC away during one cicle.
    Then RC joined together with TE distorted mind and that was the end of any hope.

    1. Forget about asking RC for a fair game. He only wants money.

    2. You could ask LE to do something for the good of the sport: That would be to fire RC and somehow lock him away from the AC. But why would LE do it. He would need to be HONEST AND HAVE BIG BALLS like EB to do it. And LE is happy with things this way as this assures keeping the cup for eternity.


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