As the CNEV Regatta gets underway in Valencia with Team Origin showing what it takes to win races, BMW Oracle try keep some media attention on their program and 90 foot trimaran.
The ‘BMW Oracle Media Team’ have interviewed their own boss Russell Coutts about participating in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. Coutts has nothing new to say, except that he is looking forward to competing against Alinghi and that the series will be good for the sport. When asked about Brad Butterworth he said “We’re still friends, but we’re competitors first.”
Coutts reiterated the BMW position that they would drop legal action against Alinghi if “Alinghi commits to fair rules. What we’re fighting against are unfair rules like the Defender appointing the judges, changing the rules at any time for any reason, and excluding or disqualifying a Challenger at any time.”
Meanwhile, the Herald Tribune has run a story about BMW Oracle’s 90 foot trimaran including comments by Americas Cup legend Dennis Connor. The man who lost the cup to the Australians also competed in a multihull for the cup against a challenge from New Zealand.
Predictably , Connor (whose San Diego base is being used by BMW Oracle) says: “The whole sailing world will benefit by having this out on the race course in a lot of different ways. I applaud Larry Ellison for building this boat. I’d like to see it race and I’d like to see Larry win because Alinghi is trying to shanghai the event.”