Take This Cup and Shove It!
We told you last week that BMW/Oracle had finally given the kind of clear ultimatum rarely seen in the soft-talking PR war between it and Alinghi. Based on this follow-up letter that Marcus Young, Commodore of GGYC, sent to Alinghi today, it looks like Ernesto Bertarelli didn’t take the bait. Next stop: Albany, on February 10. Mark your calendars – we’ll be there as your eyes and ears
Also, here’s the latest from Bloomberg:
Larry Ellison’s BMW-Oracle sailing syndicate won’t compete in the America’s Cup as envisioned by Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli as a legal battle over sailing’s oldest championship continues. Marcus Young, commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club that hosts BMW-Oracle Racing, said in a letter to the Swiss Cup federation that Bertarelli’s planned regatta isn’t “a legitimate America’s Cup.” “We will now focus our efforts and attention on winning our appeal before the New York State Court of Appeals — clearly the only avenue left open to create a fair and competitive challenge that preserves the integrity, prestige and tradition of yacht racing’s pinnacle event,” he wrote. Charles Zehren, a spokesman for Alinghi, declined immediate comment.