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3 March 2003, 01:55 pm
ISAF Congratulates Alinghi
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America's Cup
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Well done to the Swiss and especially the leadership of Mr Bertarelli in challenging for and winning the 31st America's Cup.
"Congratulations Alinghi. It is a phenomenal achievement for Alinghi, a first-time challenger, to win the Cup, and also become the first European based team to ever win the America's Cup in its 152 year history." commented Paul Henderson.

Such achievement is what has been predominant in the America's Cup since that day eight years ago, in 1995, when Team New Zealand became the second non-American syndicate to win the trophy. Team New Zealand went on to make history again by becoming the first non-American syndicate to successfully defend the Cup.

History has again turned a page, and the America's Cup moves forward to a new another era. How will the future of the Cup change and its future be moulded by Alinghi? As Sir Peter Blake famously said, "You can do anything you want with the America's Cup. All you have to do is win it first".

There can be no question that with the America's Cup based in Europe, there will be renewed interest in this unique sailing event and even greater demands and challenges to be met. Europe, being close to a greater number of countries, is certainly destined to attract more teams, greater sponsorship activity and increased access for spectators.

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Ernesto Bertarelli when receiving the Cup this morning, already indicated his commitment to the traditions of the Cup, commenting "We know what tradition is. We know what history is. The America's Cup has 152 years of history. We are not going to take that lightly."

However, there is no question aspects of the 32nd America's Cup will be modernised and this has already been indicated by the Challenger of Record and Alinghi.

ISAF looks forward to working with the Challenger of Record and Alinghi to represent the interests of all syndicates.


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