good for something
Having proved largely useless during the 33nd America’s Cup, Alinghi’s racing sails are on their way to Haiti for the adaptive re-use as up to 1000 tents for the multitude of Haitians still displaced after January’s earthquake. These will undoubtedly be the second most expensive tents in history (after Cleopatra’s jewel-encrusted, spun-gold models), and we hope they have more horsepower as roofs than they did as sails. Bertarelli is also sending over 65 boxes of unsold team clothing as part of Alinghi’s "Messenger of Peace" arrangement, ensuring if not exactly a new generation of Alinghi fans emerging from the rubble, at least some nattily attired Haitians. 65 boxes of unsold Alinghi clothing? Perhaps Alinghi’s clothing production department may have been slightly optimistic in their fan base projections.
Is this a sign that Bertarelli is rejoining the ranks of humanity? If so, kudos to him and we look forward to more evidence of his generosity bubbling up. But it would not surprise us if this altruistic action was just a tax dodging donation – forgive our cynicism, but we live by the Cherokee tale of the boy and the snake. Photo Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi.