Alinghi turns to extreme events, says no to next America’s Cup

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Alinghi will not participate in the 34th America’s Cup in 2013, the team announced 26 November. The team lost the last race in February 2010 to BMW Oracle. “After a careful evaluation of the protocol and other initiatives taken by the American Defender and its Challenger of Record, Alinghi considers that […]

America’s Cup rethinks its boats

International sports, sailing (video) Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – Fast, but relatively affordable and fair for everyone: this is the new boat class that sailing’s top race, the America’s Cup, is trying to draw up, or at least that is the word coming out of the first designers’  meeting 18 May in Valencia, where the last […]

Alinghi looks to 10th birthday party, more sailing


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Alinghi’s president, Ernesto Bertarelli, has taken an upbeat tone about the future, now that the team’s solid defeat at the hands of BMW Oracle in the 33rd America’s Cup sailing race is behind him. He praised the resilience of his team in a statement on the Geneva-based Alinghi’s web site Wednesday […]

BMW takes 33rd America’s Cup


Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – BMW Oracle has taken the America’s Cup sailing title, winning the second race Sunday 14 February almost as clearly as it won the first race two days earlier. The American boat finished 5.26 minutes ahead of Alinghi: Oracle’s technology, with its massive rigid sail, was the real winner. The race was […]

Update – America’s Cup second race: they’re sailing, Alinghi with penalty

Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The boats waited until nearly the last minute to begin their second race of sailing’s America’s Cup sailing race, after delays while the wind shifted. Alinghi began the race with a penalty, just as it did in the first race, which it lost to BMW Oracle by 15 minutes. Live and […]

Eau-la-la, poor Alinghi, as Oracle sails into the lead: 1-0


Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The water and wind were fine at last on Friday, after days of waiting for sailing conditions off the coast of Valencia to be right for the America’s Cup race to begin. But once Alinghi and Oracle put their tall sails to work, American Oracle’s trimaran dominated the race and won […]

Alinghi, BMW Oracle take to water!


Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The America’s Cup sailing race has finally reached water. The two tall elegant sailboats built using the latest technology are fighting out the first of their two or three races. The race began shortly before 15:00 Friday 12 February after being delayed Monday and Wednesday due to no wind the first […]

America’s Cup delayed again, to Friday 12 February


Update / 2 13:05  Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The most that can be said about the America’s Cup sailing race is that it’s having trouble filling its sails, quite literally. The race between Swiss Alinghi and US BMW Oracle has been delayed until Friday at least 13:00, due to “leftover seas” from yesterday’s wind. “The […]

America’s Cup sailors wait for the wind


Valencia, Spain (GenevaLunch) – The America’s Cup sailing race, scheduled to begin Monday morning 8 February at 10:06, was postponed due to too little wind. By 10:20 the wind was rising from the southwest, but the tall masts of the two catamarans scheduled to race were forced to wait to show off their prowess. The […]

Oracle vs Alinghi (Chappatte cartoon)


© Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.