A bit more substance comes to the rumors of a 90’ monohull circuit that have been floating around for a few weeks now with this PDF released yesterday to select members of the Euro yachting press. Dubbed the “MJ90” for what we presume is the massive amount of weed smoking necessary to support the project, the new boat would cost a bit under 10 million dollars to get to the line, including a million for a ‘new, elegant, and innovative’ inline-spreader rig. The one-design would have a draft of only 5 meters on a steel keel, but at least it’ll have a trim tab and, presumably, orange appendages (something’s gotta make it fast!). The new boat would compete at the Giraglia, Maxi Worlds, Copa Del Rey, and similar high-profile events.
Now here’s the strange part: The promotional document is authored by one Julien Ferla, who works with Swiss graphic design firm Hi-D. And Hi-D has only one maritime client in their portfolio. Surprise, surprise: It’s Alinghi.
Now we’re not saying that Ernesto Bertarelli is behind this whole charade; after all, he’s far too smart to put his weight behind something as unlikely to succeed as 10 million dollar white elephants that can’t even race offshore. If Alinghi really wanted to compete in big boats, they’d already have signed on to the Swiss-owned MOD-70 circuit to race against Foncia and Veolia. But if they just wanted to stir the pot, so to speak, or inject a little uncertainty into potential Cup challengers based in Europe? Talk about it here.