Sir Keith Mills confirms to yachtingworld.com Origin's participation in next ACC 12/6/07
An interesting comment by Tim Jeffery in this weekend’s Daily Telegraph indicated that Sir Keith Mill would review his new British America’s cup Origin Challenge were the Cup not to stay in the major markets of Europe or USA.
Mills, who announced the British America’s Cup campaign earlier this year signing up Mike Sanderson as Team Director is aiming to make sailing history by becoming the first British challenger ever to win the America’s Cup.
During January’s British America’s Cup announcement at the London Design Museum, Mills confirmed that Origin would participate in at least two editions of the Cup and that he’d underwrite the entire Origin campaign – 30 million Euros a year with Origin investing 50 per cent and the other 50 per cent being financed commercially. But in the view of Emirates Team New Zealand winning the Louis Vuitton Cup last week, and now with a good chance the Kiwis may take the Cup back to NZ, could Mills may be reconsidering his options?
Commenting, Keith Mills confirmed to yachtingworld.com that whatever the venue Origin’s commitment remains the same: “Whether the next America’s Cup takes place in Valencia, Europe, USA or New Zealand, Team Origin has the intention of bidding for the 33rd America’s Cup and ultimately aspiring to bring the Auld Mug back to British shores. The choice of venue will mean that we review some operational elements of our bid, such as the location of a team base, the marketing programmes we put in place and the structure of the preliminary Acts, but not our commitment to our overall goal.”