Progress. After it was reported that Alinghi would ban Emirates Team New Zealand from the 33rd Edition of the Americas Cup unless they withdrew thier legal action, it has been announced that the lawsuit will be taken off the table to enable Alinghi to compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacifc Series. The timing of the announcement allows Alinghi to get their entry in for the Auckland event before the October 31 deadline.
Emitrates Team New Zealand Boss, Grant Dalton said today that Alinghi has committed to sending a competitive team to Auckland if the legal proceedings were withdrawn. Emirates Team New Zealand’s position has been confirmed in writing.
“It is our view that this regatta – and Alinghi’s participation in it – is an important initiative towards repairing the harm that recent events have done to yacht racing at this level. For that reason we are prepared to respond positively to Alinghi’s commitment to the regatta by meeting its condition of discontinuing our proceedings.”
Dalton said the regatta promised to be a big event for New Zealand. Louis Vuitton and team are well down the track in organising it. We have an obligation to the many organizations and individuals who are now working with us to do anything we can to ensure its total success.
“For obvious reasons the regatta would not be the same without Alinghi’s participation. For a start our sailing team would like nothing more than meeting Butterworth and his team on Auckland Harbour in January-February.
The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will be sailed from January 30 to February 14 2009.