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Puppets and Children

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Puppets and Children

Eric Sharp, of the Detroit (U.S.) Free Press newspaper, reports on the latest in the America’s Cup.  Key quotes include:

“The new challenger of record – which runs the challenger trials and negotiates with the defender — was a puppet created to scratch backs on both sides. The Spaniards got to keep one of the world’s most-prestigious and lucrative sporting events in Valencia, and in Alinghi got de facto control over the challenger trials, something unprecedented in the Cup’s 157-year history.”

“Reaction in the international sailing world ranged from guffaws to outrage when the Spanish club announced that it had met the legal requirement to qualify for the America’s Cup by holding an annual regatta — with children sailing 7 1/2-foot Optimist dinghies.”

“’It’s no surprise that Oracle has a problem with this protocol, and this time Bertarelli wasn’t even subtle – his ‘challenger’ holds their annual regatta in Optimists. Optimists!’ [four time America’s Cup winner Dennis] Conner said.” Click here for the entire story.