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33rd America's Cup Media Conference- BMW Oracle - Replayed

by America's Cup Media and Sail-World on 13 Sep 2010
GGYC wins the 33rd America’s Cup Match James Spithill, Russell Coutts, Larry Ellison Carlo Borlenghi/ Alinghi © http://www.alinghi.com

Replay of the Media Conference for the 33rd America's Cup: Second group to take the stage were the winners of the Match for the 33rd America's Cup, BMW Oracle Racing represented by team boss, Larry Ellison; Skipper, Russell Coutts; Tactician, John Kostecki; and USA-17 helmsman, James Spithill. All where in a a very celebratory mood, reasonably open with their answers to questions, except Ellison was a little guarded on the future venue, dates etc for the 34th America's Cup.



BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
Larry Ellison (USA) team founder and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
' It is a fabulous experience I am very proud to be part of this team and I am exceptionally proud to bring the America’s Cup back to the United States of America for the first time in a very long time.'

James Spithill (AUS) skipper-helm BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
' What a fantastic race. Firstly I would really like to congratulate Alinghi for bouncing back today. They were coming out there swinging. We knew they were a champion team and they showed that again today. Full credit to them it was one hell of a boat race. I tell you enjoyed every minute of it.'
It was good to see the reaching race, I think you’ll appreciate the boats getting together and showed how exciting it can be.

John Kostecki (USA) tactician BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
' This is huge. I have been dreaming about winning the America’s Cup for 25 years and so it is a very special moment. It is a great team and this was very much a team effort. Everyone put in a lot. It was a difficult project especially with the wing sail, and there was some testing times.'


Russell Coutts (NZL) CEO and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
' I think this was a very challenging event. Even two or three months ago I was not sure that we could have our team working effectively enough to beat these guys. I know, because I was in team Alinghi and I know how good they are. It was a fantastic effort on our behalf to have beaten them and certainly I hope to see them back and competing in the America’s Cup.'

Larry Ellison (USA) team founder and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA) ….one his thoughts on possible venues for the 34th America’s Cup in response to questions about San Francisco and Valencia:
' I think we are open to considering a lot of options. We will talk to San Francisco, to Valencia…..Valencia have been fantastic hosts to the last two America’s Cups. And as you know we pushed very hard to hold this Cup in Valencia. It was not the Defender’s first choice, and overall we enjoyed sailing the 32nd and the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia.'

Larry Ellison (USA) team founder and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA)….on speculation about a Challenger of Record:
' All I would like to say is that we definitely have Challenger of Record. One thing I would like to assure people about the 34th America’s Cup. There be a completely independent jury, there will be a completely independent umpires. It will be an independent group which manages the next America’s Cup and there will be a level playing field for all competitors.'

James Spithill (AUS) skipper-helm BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA)….on comparisons with his last America’s Cups in monuhulls;
'This one has been an amazing experience, pretty much for al the team, but especially for the sailors, Pretty much everyone on the boat had very little multihull experience beforehand. In some ways this almost one feels harder. For me personally it was a really steep hill to climb. To be able to climb that you need to have good support and early on Franck Cammas and the Groupama guys, Glenn Ashby, Roman Hagara and a lot of these multihull experts. From my point of view there was no way I could have got to that level without their help and support.'

Russell Coutts (NZL) CEO and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
' Of course we would like to see Alinghi back as a challenger. They are one of the best teams in this business, and they have proven that. I think that the Cup boats we should reach consensus with the rest of the America’s Cup world. I think it would be irresponsible for one party to make try and make a decision on behalf of the everyone else. You need to put a lot of thought into this. This is a 159 year old trophy and let’s look after it.'

Larry Ellison (USA) team founder and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
'This particular America’s Cup has got a lot of interest because for the first time in a long time it featured the two fastest sailboats in the world. And the limits of what is possible marrying high speed sailing and material science, carbon fibre, Kevlar, computational fluid dynamics, computer simulation of not only our hulls but also our wing. It was really a high tech race. And a bunch of people who really aren’t that interested in sailing followed it pretty closely. And we think that is important for our sport. We think that is important to get the television coverage, to involve non sailors as well as sailors. We are going to try and make decision along with the rest of the America’s Cup community so we can do just that, achieving sponsorship and funding for all of the teams from BMW ORACLE and Alinghi to the China Team and the South African Team and the Swedish team the New Zealand team. If we do our job well and work closely with them it should be the most popular America’s Cup ever, the 34th America’s Cup.'

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