Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quotes from the GGYC homecoming

Skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill took some good natured ribbing about that start in race one, although team CEO Russell Coutts came to his rescue, noting that 'it's better to have a good finish than a good start!'

Coutts went on to say: "The boat was fantastic and while we have a representation of the team here, we had about 150 people working on this project. Each one contributed to our success…

"From my point of view, this was probably the most satisfying of all the America's Cups I've been involved with… Tonight, we've come to San Francisco to celebrate our victory and to share the moment with you."

And from Larry Ellison (USA), the founder of the team and a member of the afterguard in the race crew, as he recounted his ten-year quest for the Cup.

“The third time is the charm,” he said. “From the sailors to the design team and boat builders… Everyone's work combined in Valencia to deliver us the 33rd America’s Cup.”

Afterwards, the guys stayed around to answer questions and sign posters, shirts and hats.