Bill Koch

Bill Koch

Post by Bcole » Sat, 09 Dec 1995 04:00:00

DEAR SEADOG --

Thanks for the accurate assessment of Bill Koch in your recent
Scuttlebutt.  I will argue, however, that Kochs shenanigans do indeed
give the sport of sailing a black eye.  

His ungentlemanly behavior in regards to Catherine de Castelbajac is in
keeping with the cheap tricks he played in the 1992 Americas Cup race.  As
you may recall, Koch hired Navy SEALS to conduct underwater espionage
while gearing up for the race.  All told, Captain Bill spent $3 million
spying on other Americas Cup teams.  His Navy divers broke the law by
diving in San Diego Bay, using top-secret rebreather devices that
facilitate covert operations by not emitting air bubbles.  The divers also
broke through underwater devices intended to shroud the other teams keel
designs and supplied Bill with critical information to give him a
competitive advantage.  

Captain Bills egregious behavior warranted a new rule for the 1995 Cup
race.  The San Diego Yacht Club passed The Bill Koch Rule, prohibiting
espionage and unfair competition.

His sponsorship of the nearly all-woman team in the Americas Cup race, is
also suspect.  Sources report the women were treated as trained seals
merely performing as their male masters instructed.  Koch promised the
women he would never add a man to the team, but reneged just before the
race to better his chances of winning.  The women, of course, had no vote
in the decision.

Clearly Bill Kochs misdeeds present more of a danger to the sport of
sailing than Mike Barnicles jeers.
                                                        -- Even Keel

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HOPING THAT GOOD GUYS WINNER BILL KOCH FINISHES LAST

What could the National Womens Political Caucus be thinking --  to
present womanizing millionaire Bill Koch with a 1995 Good Guys award?

Alright, he sponsored a mostly female team, adding a man at last minute,
in last summers Americas Cup.

But his recent tussle in Boston Housing Court with ex-love Catherine de
Castelbajac overrides any points for good behavior.  

The mans a creep.  He lured de Castelbajac away from husband and home in
France to his deluxe Boston condo, promising to take care of her for life.
 Instead, he had her evicted, ordering her to park her panties on the
pavement.

And this guy deserves an award for enlightened behavior toward women?

Even the premise of his award, his sponsorship of the nearly all-woman
team in the Americas Cup race, is suspect.  Reports have it the women
were treated as trained seals merely performing as their male masters
instructed.  Koch promised the women he would never add a man to the team,
but reneged just before the race to better his chances of winning.  The
women, of course, had no vote in the decision.

Bill Koch is NOT our man for the enlightened 90s.  His behavior rather
smacks of ordinary, boring, old-fashioned chauvinism of the variety in
practice, say, in 1617:

                To make a poor maiden or woman a ***,
                They care not how much they spend of their store,
                But where is there a man that will anything give
                That woman or maid may with honesty live?

                                        -- Joane Sharp, A Defence of
Women (1617)

And what has changed since 1617?  Bill Koch has spent a good bit from his
store to manipulate women to his advantage, from the women of Americas
Cup to Catherine de Castelbajac. The question remains, however, as his two
companies, America3 and Oxbow, appear on the roster of Benefactors of the
National Womens Political Caucus, how much he spent to persuade those
good ladies that he really is a good guy.