Wednesday, April 15, 2009
According to our sources, it appears the mayoress of this lovely City, Rita Barberá, has received a letter bearing good news. A letter which she described as "very nice", from Ernesto Bertarelli, the founder of Alinghi, in which he has expressed his belief that Spain and the Comunidad Valenciana deserve to be the hosts, once again, of the massive nautical sporting event, the America's Cup.
Barberá is full of hope after BMW Oracle recently declared their intentions to negotiate a new protocol with Alinghi for the next Cup so that the other teams who wish to compete may do so. Bertarelli, in his letter, has informed her that he is already in touch with Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, in order to reach an agreement and the fact that they are open to negotiation is great news for Valencia, especially after the New York courts ruled Oracle to be Challenger of the Record, meaning this America's Cup could only be a three-regatta race between Oracle and the defender of the Cup, Alinghi.