Sunday, February 07, 2010
Ernesto Bertarelli, the President of the Swiss syndicate Alinghi yesterday stated that he was saddened by the fact that his rival Larry Ellison of BMWOracle Racing had failed to show up for a joint owners press conference organised by the Americas Cup Consortium, he went on to say that he was very surprised by the absence of Mr Ellison, who had previously stated that he would not attend as his executive director Russell Coutts had not been invited to attend.
Communications Director for the Consortium, Francisco Tormo, said that it had been made very plain by the AC33 organisers that the event was a press conference of the owners and that no one else amongst the teams had been invited, or would be qualified to attend, and not that Mr Coutts would not be welcomed, but he is not the owner of the team. Mr Bertarelli, When asked why his relationship with Mr Ellison had deteriorated so much, stated that 'what happened today says it all.'
Alinghi founder Ernesto Bertarelli highlight that safety and reliability need to be key issues to be borne in mind during what promises to be an enthralling 33rd America’s Cup, scheduled to start on Monday. He asked that anyone trying to watch the matches from their own craft take special care as these are immense craft capable of huge speeds...