Mar 28, 2010, 3:27 PM
Post #9 of 10
From Stephen Roffey, Sunshine Coast, Australia:
Re: [Max] America's Cup
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What a great disappointment that Larry Ellison has dropped his pending litigation against Alinghi. Ellison started his legal quest in 2007 to prevent Alinghi from writing the rules in its own favour in its rabid desire to hold on to the Cup. He spent millions on lawyers in that effort and the sailing community (plus me, not even a sailor) were grateful to him. Now, just because he has thrashed Alinghi and won the Cup, doesn't he care anymore about the principles he fought for?
Dozens of sailors were put out of work by Alinghi's refusal to be brought to heel. Alinghi should be punished for Bertarelli's obsessive fear of allowing his nemesis Russell Coutts a fair chance to take the Cup away from him. Because, let's face it, it was all about Coutts for Bertarelli, wasn't it? Ellison should have proceeded with his breach of fiduciary duty action - not to ban Alinghi forever as a potential trustee (and consequently even as a challenger, which would be going too far in my view), but to preclude any sordid attempt by any team to bend the rules in the future.
Are we to forget about Alinghi's constant antics? Their refusal to allow Team NZ on the podium after AC 32, their almost universally scorned Protocol, their pathetic cartoons, their claim as to which party failed to sign the Singapore agreement, their telling Oracle where it could or couldn't park its trimaran, their "We don't want to play anymore!" sulk on the Race Committee boat before Race 2 in Valencia, their tardiness in handing over the intellectual property rights to Oracle after Oracle won, and so on?
Larry, letting bygones be bygones and moving on with AC 34 for the good of the sport may be the honorable thing to do. But a lot of people are going to think the White Knight doesn't "care" anymore now that he has his hands on the silverware. I doubt that that's true, but I'm sad to say you've dropped a few places in my book of heroes.