It’s perhaps not surprising that Alinghi, a two time winner of the America’s Cup will not compete in the 34th edition of the yacht race.
[cleeng_content id=”727859144″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]Despite the Swiss team having good multi-hull credentials, the 2011 sailing program will not include the New Deal version of the America’s Cup as run by most recent winners – BMW ORACLE.
In a statement, the team said:
After a careful evaluation of the protocol and other initiatives taken by the American Defender and its Challenger of Record, Alinghi considers that the existing conditions make it impossible for the team to participate in the 34th America’s Cup.
Alinghi remains interested in the America’s Cup and will be closely following its developments in the coming months but for the immediate future it will concentrate its efforts in other world class challenges. The Extreme Sailing Series, a championship raced with 40-feet catamarans that is expanding geographically and commercially in 2011 whilst maintaining a truly level playfield and exciting competition, provides the perfect ground for Alinghi to develop its international sailing activity.
While the AC45 and AC72 are not built yet, and have no track record, the Extreme Sailing Series is a going concern that provides sponsors and teams a more solid sailing platform. Alinghi have won the Extreme sailing Series in the past, when it was called the iShares Cup.
To date, only 1 America’s Cup team other than the Defender and Challenger of Record have publicly announced their participation in the next event.
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