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Alinghi wins Open de Nyon regatta and leads the D35 championship by 3 points

Posted on 23 August 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Quote from the race boat: Pierre-Yves Jorand, mainsail trimmer onboard Alinghi SUI1 Décision 35, comments on what’s been a very successful racing weekend for Ernesto Bertarelli and his crew.

You’ve had a good day, a good weekend and you’ve won the regatta and now are leading the championship… How did all this happen?

“Today we had similar conditions to yesterday, so fantastic conditions of typical lake Geneva ‘Bise’ NE wind which was quite strong especially for the first two races, between 8 and 20 knots. We knew the wind was going to die down after the second race so we had a bullet and a second place, thanks to a great start from Ernesto (Bertarelli). He did a great job placing the boat in a perfect position at the start line, Tanguy (Cariou) called perfect tactics through the day and the rest of the crew: Nils (Frei), Yves (Detrey), Coraline (Jonet) and myself were working on the maneuvering and the boat speed, so it was a great success for the team today.”

From what you say and looking at the results it looks as if you had been sailing on these boats all summer…

“We made less mistakes than the other teams. We didn’t sailing during July and mid August due to the summer pause in the championship but we have sailed with the same crew as we have done since 2007 and we know each other very well, and we are very focused on race tactics and boat speed.”

You have more two regattas to go, how confident are you feeling that you can win this Challenge Julius Baer championship as you did last year and the year before?

“We knew that the conditions today were going to be lighter in the afternoon with big shifts both in speed and direction so anything could happen and we thought it was very important to secure the championship after race 6. In the two other races we focused in learning new things making sure that we were not going to make big mistakes.”

A word on Alain Gautier, another Alinghi team member, and his D35 team, Foncia…

“Alain had a great weekend in June, when he won the Bol d’Or and he managed to win one race this weekend. I know him and the team and I’m sure he will be back stronger in two weeks time.”

The next D35 regatta, HP Cup La Réserve, the seventh of the Challenge Julius Baer, will take place on 5 and 6 September

Alinghi SUI1 crew
Ernesto Bertarelli, helmsman
Pierre-Yves Jorand, mainsail trimmer and performance
Nils Frei, trimmer
Yves Detrey, bow/mastman and boat captain
Tanguy Cariou, tactician
Coraline Jonet, trimmer

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Alinghi wins Open de Nyon regatta and leads the D35 championship by 3 points

Posted on 23 August 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Quote from the race boat: Pierre-Yves Jorand, mainsail trimmer onboard Alinghi SUI1 Décision 35, comments on what’s been a very successful racing weekend for Ernesto Bertarelli and his crew.

You’ve had a good day, a good weekend and you’ve won the regatta and now are leading the championship… How did all this happen?

“Today we had similar conditions to yesterday, so fantastic conditions of typical lake Geneva ‘Bise’ NE wind which was quite strong especially for the first two races, between 8 and 20 knots. We knew the wind was going to die down after the second race so we had a bullet and a second place, thanks to a great start from Ernesto (Bertarelli). He did a great job placing the boat in a perfect position at the start line, Tanguy (Cariou) called perfect tactics through the day and the rest of the crew: Nils (Frei), Yves (Detrey), Coraline (Jonet) and myself were working on the maneuvering and the boat speed, so it was a great success for the team today.”

From what you say and looking at the results it looks as if you had been sailing on these boats all summer…

“We made less mistakes than the other teams. We didn’t sailing during July and mid August due to the summer pause in the championship but we have sailed with the same crew as we have done since 2007 and we know each other very well, and we are very focused on race tactics and boat speed.”

You have more two regattas to go, how confident are you feeling that you can win this Challenge Julius Baer championship as you did last year and the year before?

“We knew that the conditions today were going to be lighter in the afternoon with big shifts both in speed and direction so anything could happen and we thought it was very important to secure the championship after race 6. In the two other races we focused in learning new things making sure that we were not going to make big mistakes.”

A word on Alain Gautier, another Alinghi team member, and his D35 team, Foncia…

“Alain had a great weekend in June, when he won the Bol d’Or and he managed to win one race this weekend. I know him and the team and I’m sure he will be back stronger in two weeks time.”

The next D35 regatta, HP Cup La Réserve, the seventh of the Challenge Julius Baer, will take place on 5 and 6 September

Alinghi SUI1 crew
Ernesto Bertarelli, helmsman
Pierre-Yves Jorand, mainsail trimmer and performance
Nils Frei, trimmer
Yves Detrey, bow/mastman and boat captain
Tanguy Cariou, tactician
Coraline Jonet, trimmer

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Reports: Ernesto Bertarelli asks for 65 million euros for 33rd AC in 2010

Posted on 10 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

If one is to believe Las Provincias, Valencia’s main newspaper, it isn’t just the Dow Jones or the Nasdaq indexes that have fallen by half in the last 18 months amidst the current global financial crisis. It is also the fee Valencia will have to pay Alinghi in order to be the host city of the 33rd America’s Cup in 2010.

As we have often stated, Las Provincias is in broad lines a right-wing newspaper with very close ties to Valencia’s city and regional governments. As a result, its sources are reliable and its reports are accurate, or at least accurately convey the information these two government bodies provide.

In today’s edition an article reports that according to the Consorcio (the body that represents the local, regional and central governments in the America’s Cup organization), the host-city fee for the 33rd America’s Cup is now 65 million euros, down from the initial 105 million agreed in 2007, a reduction of almost 40%. The schedule is for 2 pre-regattas to take place this year and the Challenger Selection Series and America’s Cup match in 2010.

Always according to the same report, the minister of Public Administration has asked for the Consorcio’s board to convene on the 25th of March, in order to take a decision on that issue. Valencia’s mayor doesn’t agree with that date, a further sign of the tensions that exist between the local and regional govenrments on one side and the central one on the other. Still, all three parties want to see the next edition of the world’s oldest sports competition to take place here in Valencia.

Regardless of the political discrepancies, the hosting fee will also depend on the nature of the America’s Cup match. As everybody, even remotely interested in the America’s Cup, knows its fate hangs upon the decision the 7 judges of the NY Court of Appeals will take sometime in the near future. If Alinghi prevails in the court case, then a conventional Cup will take place and as a result, according to the report, the host-city fee will be 65 million euros. If on the other hand BMW Oracle is the party that wins the case, then the match will only involve the two teams and accordingly the price Valencia will have to pay Alinghi will be lower. The article doesn’t mention that figure.

An option the city studies is to pay 20 million euros for the 2 regattas this year, regardless of the outcome of the case. This sum will then be deducted from the total fee.

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Reports: Ernesto Bertarelli asks for 65 million euros for 33rd AC in 2010

Posted on 10 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

If one is to believe Las Provincias, Valencia’s main newspaper, it isn’t just the Dow Jones or the Nasdaq indexes that have fallen by half in the last 18 months amidst the current global financial crisis. It is also the fee Valencia will have to pay Alinghi in order to be the host city of the 33rd America’s Cup in 2010.

As we have often stated, Las Provincias is in broad lines a right-wing newspaper with very close ties to Valencia’s city and regional governments. As a result, its sources are reliable and its reports are accurate, or at least accurately convey the information these two government bodies provide.

In today’s edition an article reports that according to the Consorcio (the body that represents the local, regional and central governments in the America’s Cup organization), the host-city fee for the 33rd America’s Cup is now 65 million euros, down from the initial 105 million agreed in 2007, a reduction of almost 40%. The schedule is for 2 pre-regattas to take place this year and the Challenger Selection Series and America’s Cup match in 2010.

Always according to the same report, the minister of Public Administration has asked for the Consorcio’s board to convene on the 25th of March, in order to take a decision on that issue. Valencia’s mayor doesn’t agree with that date, a further sign of the tensions that exist between the local and regional govenrments on one side and the central one on the other. Still, all three parties want to see the next edition of the world’s oldest sports competition to take place here in Valencia.

Regardless of the political discrepancies, the hosting fee will also depend on the nature of the America’s Cup match. As everybody, even remotely interested in the America’s Cup, knows its fate hangs upon the decision the 7 judges of the NY Court of Appeals will take sometime in the near future. If Alinghi prevails in the court case, then a conventional Cup will take place and as a result, according to the report, the host-city fee will be 65 million euros. If on the other hand BMW Oracle is the party that wins the case, then the match will only involve the two teams and accordingly the price Valencia will have to pay Alinghi will be lower. The article doesn’t mention that figure.

An option the city studies is to pay 20 million euros for the 2 regattas this year, regardless of the outcome of the case. This sum will then be deducted from the total fee.

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Meeting between Ellison and Bertarelli does not take place

Posted on 09 October 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Golden Gate Yacht Club] GGYC spokesperson Tom Ehman said, “Unfortunately, the meeting between Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli in Trieste did not take place. We remain eager to resolve this issue and return the 33rd America’s Cup to the water as a multi-challenger regatta under fair rules. We hope and expect the meeting will be rescheduled to take place in the near future.”

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Meeting between Ellison and Bertarelli does not take place

Posted on 09 October 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Golden Gate Yacht Club] GGYC spokesperson Tom Ehman said, “Unfortunately, the meeting between Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli in Trieste did not take place. We remain eager to resolve this issue and return the 33rd America’s Cup to the water as a multi-challenger regatta under fair rules. We hope and expect the meeting will be rescheduled to take place in the near future.”

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Ernesto Bertarelli talks to French newspaper Le Figaro

Posted on 06 October 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Ernesto Bertarelli, owner of America’s Cup defender Alinghi, talked to the French newspaper Le Figaro last week, when he was racing in the Voiles de Saint-Tropez on Numbers. The interview was published today and we provide the English translation for our non-French speakers.

Le Figaro: How did your meeting with Larry Ellison go?

Ernesto Bertarelli: In my opinion very well. We share the same passion for sailing and our points of view are not very distanced. But as we say “the devil is in the detail”. Between two visions that are quite close, interpretation can some times be a little bit different. But I’m still hopeful we’ll get along. We talked about what could be done and we’ll keep discussing. And not only with Larry. I was this weekend in Saint-Tropez to listen to all those interested in the America’s Cup and try to see whether a compromise is possible.

Le Figaro: BMW Oracle has offered to withdraw their legal action if we went back to a traditional Cup on the same basis as the last edition…

Ernesto Bertarelli: It doesn’t make any sense playing the same tune over and over. Everybody wants the next Cup to be raced with one boat per team in order to avoid spending staggering sums. We have to find a solution that will allow us to race with budgets within reach of more teams.

Le Figaro: The ideal Cup for you ?

Ernesto Bertarelli: It’s thus a cheaper Cup, multi challenger, and a Cup that generates the maximum interest among the public, sponsors and the media.

Le Figaro: What do the Americans want?

Ernesto Bertarelli: Very honestly, I’m perplexed. When negotiations were interrupted last year, I thought I had made a very important step towards the direction of the challengers, in particular BMW Oracle, with the 13 versions and rectifications of the protocol (rules). We gave them the liberty to choose the new boat rule and we agreed upon the format that everybody accepted, except the Americans. They were asking us not to participate in the challenger races. By definition, with only one boat this would exclude for us any possibility of training and development. It’s as if we were catapulted to the Roland-Garros final without even hitting one ball against anyone in training and without playing a single match.

Le Figaro: The Deed of Gift (founding document that sets the fundamental rules of the Cup) gives the defender a certain advantage…

Ernesto Bertarelli: Absolutely, but it’s not me who wrote it. It’s as if Rafael Nadal, after winning in Wimbledon, said “from now on we will only play on clay”. This document gives the winner the possibility to choose the site and rules of the regatta. It has been like that for 150 years. Nevertheless, I try to introduce some equity. And it’s essential, in the current financial context to reduce costs, if we want the Cup to exist beyond a few billionaires. It’s my principal objective.

Le Figaro: Do the Americans agree?

Ernesto Bertarelli: In principle yes. In fact, I’m waiting for them to stop their legal action.

Le Figaro: The have just filed their appeal papers…

Ernesto Bertarelli: I don’t see what it will bring them, if only a victory that would guarantee a multihull duel against us. This is the reason we continue building ours. And we are far from finishing it. I had a positive meeting with Larry Ellison, we have the impression we are getting along marvellously and agree on practically everything. But then, during execution, I have the impression we are lost on translation. Tom Ehman’s press release (spokesman of Golden Gate Yacht club) issued afterwards was not clear. And then Russell Coutts (Alinghi’s former skipper during their first victory in 2003) hasn’t helped the discussion so far.

Le Figaro: All that is a great waste..

Ernesto Bertarelli: Yes. The day after our victory, people rushed to criticize us, while the success of our management was shown by the success of the 32nd edition in Valencia. I do nothing but try hard to reproduce that success. We proposed a Cup with one boat in 2009 in order to secure sponsors. A year later, due to the legal actions, we haven’t advanced…

Le Figaro: Is there anything you regret?

Ernesto Bertarelli: Yes. We committed a fundamental error: we should have let a few weeks pass after the end of a really incredible 32nd America’s Cup, let pressure subside, before putting the documents on the table without explaining them. The communication of our vision was very bad. And we paid the price. But a year later, we realize our vision was probably a good one. I’m confident and it’s my duty to do all I can in order to find an equitable deal. But we also need good will from the other side as well.

Le Figaro: Will you participate in the event organized by Louis Vuitton and the New Zealanders in Auckland ?

Ernesto Bertarelli: There again, I’m perplexed. Team New Zealand proposes us to participate yet at the same time they are engaged in a legal action against us. Louis Vuitton says «the Cup, we are not interested anymore» and then sponsors that event… We would like to go but that could create antecedents with potential sponsors of the next Cup.

Le Figaro: When do you think the next Cup will take place ?

Ernesto Bertarelli: I think you have to count on 2010. With Valencia on the first row. The infrastructure is already available. We already have enough problems and we don’t need to add more. You don’t organize an America’s Cup by snapping your fingers.

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Ernesto Bertarelli talks to French newspaper Le Figaro

Posted on 06 October 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Ernesto Bertarelli, owner of America’s Cup defender Alinghi, talked to the French newspaper Le Figaro last week, when he was racing in the Voiles de Saint-Tropez on Numbers. The interview was published today and we provide the English translation for our non-French speakers.

Le Figaro: How did your meeting with Larry Ellison go?

Ernesto Bertarelli: In my opinion very well. We share the same passion for sailing and our points of view are not very distanced. But as we say “the devil is in the detail”. Between two visions that are quite close, interpretation can some times be a little bit different. But I’m still hopeful we’ll get along. We talked about what could be done and we’ll keep discussing. And not only with Larry. I was this weekend in Saint-Tropez to listen to all those interested in the America’s Cup and try to see whether a compromise is possible.

Le Figaro: BMW Oracle has offered to withdraw their legal action if we went back to a traditional Cup on the same basis as the last edition…

Ernesto Bertarelli: It doesn’t make any sense playing the same tune over and over. Everybody wants the next Cup to be raced with one boat per team in order to avoid spending staggering sums. We have to find a solution that will allow us to race with budgets within reach of more teams.

Le Figaro: The ideal Cup for you ?

Ernesto Bertarelli: It’s thus a cheaper Cup, multi challenger, and a Cup that generates the maximum interest among the public, sponsors and the media.

Le Figaro: What do the Americans want?

Ernesto Bertarelli: Very honestly, I’m perplexed. When negotiations were interrupted last year, I thought I had made a very important step towards the direction of the challengers, in particular BMW Oracle, with the 13 versions and rectifications of the protocol (rules). We gave them the liberty to choose the new boat rule and we agreed upon the format that everybody accepted, except the Americans. They were asking us not to participate in the challenger races. By definition, with only one boat this would exclude for us any possibility of training and development. It’s as if we were catapulted to the Roland-Garros final without even hitting one ball against anyone in training and without playing a single match.

Le Figaro: The Deed of Gift (founding document that sets the fundamental rules of the Cup) gives the defender a certain advantage…

Ernesto Bertarelli: Absolutely, but it’s not me who wrote it. It’s as if Rafael Nadal, after winning in Wimbledon, said “from now on we will only play on clay”. This document gives the winner the possibility to choose the site and rules of the regatta. It has been like that for 150 years. Nevertheless, I try to introduce some equity. And it’s essential, in the current financial context to reduce costs, if we want the Cup to exist beyond a few billionaires. It’s my principal objective.

Le Figaro: Do the Americans agree?

Ernesto Bertarelli: In principle yes. In fact, I’m waiting for them to stop their legal action.

Le Figaro: The have just filed their appeal papers…

Ernesto Bertarelli: I don’t see what it will bring them, if only a victory that would guarantee a multihull duel against us. This is the reason we continue building ours. And we are far from finishing it. I had a positive meeting with Larry Ellison, we have the impression we are getting along marvellously and agree on practically everything. But then, during execution, I have the impression we are lost on translation. Tom Ehman’s press release (spokesman of Golden Gate Yacht club) issued afterwards was not clear. And then Russell Coutts (Alinghi’s former skipper during their first victory in 2003) hasn’t helped the discussion so far.

Le Figaro: All that is a great waste..

Ernesto Bertarelli: Yes. The day after our victory, people rushed to criticize us, while the success of our management was shown by the success of the 32nd edition in Valencia. I do nothing but try hard to reproduce that success. We proposed a Cup with one boat in 2009 in order to secure sponsors. A year later, due to the legal actions, we haven’t advanced…

Le Figaro: Is there anything you regret?

Ernesto Bertarelli: Yes. We committed a fundamental error: we should have let a few weeks pass after the end of a really incredible 32nd America’s Cup, let pressure subside, before putting the documents on the table without explaining them. The communication of our vision was very bad. And we paid the price. But a year later, we realize our vision was probably a good one. I’m confident and it’s my duty to do all I can in order to find an equitable deal. But we also need good will from the other side as well.

Le Figaro: Will you participate in the event organized by Louis Vuitton and the New Zealanders in Auckland ?

Ernesto Bertarelli: There again, I’m perplexed. Team New Zealand proposes us to participate yet at the same time they are engaged in a legal action against us. Louis Vuitton says «the Cup, we are not interested anymore» and then sponsors that event… We would like to go but that could create antecedents with potential sponsors of the next Cup.

Le Figaro: When do you think the next Cup will take place ?

Ernesto Bertarelli: I think you have to count on 2010. With Valencia on the first row. The infrastructure is already available. We already have enough problems and we don’t need to add more. You don’t organize an America’s Cup by snapping your fingers.

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