moose cut loose
Mike ‘Moose’ Sanderson was "shocked and disappointed" when he got his walking papers from Sir Lord Keith Mills yesterday in Sardinia, the kiwi CEO down there with the family as Team Origin prepared for the La Maddalena Louis Vuitton event. With poor performances in both the LV-Auckland regatta and last week’s first MedCup event, it’s not a surprise that some heads are rolling, though an insider said that the real reason for Moose’s booting was a personality clash between he and Ainslie/Percy. Anarchist ‘bbuilder’ wrote that that "all the talk in Auckland…was that Moose would be eased after that regatta" adding that "at one point the afterguard nearly came to blows on the boat – in front of both the ETNZ boat captain and the on board observer (youth from RNZYS)."
Other reports are surfacing that Alinghi director Grant Simmer would be taking Moose’s place at Origin – leading to the distant possibility of Simmer taking over Origin while Moose gets hired to skipper an Alinghi/Abu Dhabi VOR team. It could happen! Share your gossip on the thread.