'Ed BAIRD is going to steer the boat,' announced Alinghi skipper Brad BUTTERWORTH (NZL) at the opening press conference. 'But we might give Peter HOLMBERG [(ISV)] a shot later in the regatta. We still haven't decided who's going to do the Cup so we're just trying to give the guys as many races to do as possible.'
Following the fleet racing Act 13, Alinghi will not race again before the beginning of the 32nd America's Cup Match on 23 June.
'It's just about continuing our policy of having people available to step in if there's any sort of illness or injury on the boat,' said BARKER. 'Ben has been a key part of this team all the way through and if for whatever reason I'm not on the boat in the Louis Vuitton Cup, Ben needs to be ready to go in and do his best to help the team.'The America's Cup Match and Challenger/Defender Series are designated as ISAF Special Events. For more information on the America's Cup, the Louis Vuttion Acts and the teams competing, visit the official America's Cup website - www.americascup.com. For a complete list of all the news about the America's Cup 2007 CLICK HERE.