Just a few hours after Maureen Mahoney wowed observers of GGYC v. SNG in Albany, New York, Russell Coutts wowed spectators with a lightning quick ’round the pin penalty turn at the end of their race with Luna Rossa. Coutts won by inches, saving a sudden death boot for BMW, who advances to face a surging Damiani Italia team for the right to race against Alinghi in the semifinal. Does Coutts finally have his mojo back? James Spithill thinks so, though he was making that observation from the courthouse steps in New York.
Spithill and John Kostecki were the official spokesmen for BMW/Oracle at the hearing, and the team’s PR handler trotted them out to talk to the gathered US, Italian, Swiss, and Kiwi press after the oral arguments were concluded. While Alinghi and SNG’s lawyers were talking to the public, GGYC’s team were sequestered in a conference room, a rarity for Tom Ehman, who almost always ends up in front of a camera after a case is over. It may have been annoying for me and the other writers and reporters, but holding back their lawyers and official spokespeople wasn’t unlike Alinghi’s sitting out the race against TNZ the other day – with the appeal already argued and GGYC legal LILF Mahoney finishing the arguments with power, they had nothing left to gain from positive press, so they sent it a pair of charismatic sailors to charm the reporters and kept the people who actually know something about it all hidden from public view.