Yesterday, the New York Court of Appeal found in favour of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW ORACLE. It’s been a long time coming, but finally we will have some clarity on how this supreme sailing prize will move forward. Or will we?
The first news we got was from Scuttlebutt’s incredibly informative North American newsletter. That was at 14:54 GMT. The first ‘twitter’ of the news was by David Fuller moments later. At 18:00 GMT (3 hours later) we got a press release of a whole 58 words. The statement read:
“It has consistently been our view that the America’s Cup should be fought on the water. Today through the American courts the Golden Gate Yacht Club has won the right to challenge the Société Nautique de Genève. We will now discuss the terms for the regatta with them and will prepare our defence of the 33rd America’s Cup.”
Onorato issued a vicious response to yesterday’s decision.
‘I am happy for Oracle’s victory. I would like to remind everyone that Mr. Bertarelli was the one who excluded Russel Coutts from the last edition of the America’s Cup: the greatest race in the world without the greatest yachtsman of all time!
Get lost Alinghi and the same goes to all those teams of cunning professionals who hypocritically supported him until now.
The boat race returns to the water, as the judges of the Supreme Court of New York have written and sanctioned.
We will live the super match of the third millennium among the two “trima-monsters” of Oracle and Alinghi in a showdown at the OK Corral.
3. The Monster Multi-Hull Fans (MMF)
These folk are real anoraks. Technology junkies who get off on tons of carbon being weilded at massive closing speeds. The MMF are happy with the decision because they get to see a once in a lifetime race between incredible machines.
4. The ‘I Just Want Some Sailing Soons’ (IJWSSS)
This group includes people who make a living from the sport of sailing. Professional crew, designers, sponsors, people who own bed-and-breakfasts in Valencia, sailing fans from countries other than the USA or Switzerland. These people were willing to accept the Alinghi Cup for the sake of continuity, even if there were some holes in the rules. These people have the most to lose from a potential 10 month delay caused by a one-one-one multihull matchup. This group also includes the the casual fan, who doesn’t care about the deed of gift, who really enjoyed AC 32 and have been left with nothing to follow in the vacuum.
Whichever type you are, you need to wait a little longer until BMW ORACLE and Alinghi work out what they do next. While some (most?) would like BMW ORACLE to stick to thier intention of holding a multichallenger event as soon as possible, they don’t seem to have any incentive to do so. With their 90ft trimaran already built, it would be a charitable Larry Ellison that decided not to proceed with a ‘DOG’ Match.
The biggest losers? Well it’s not Alinghi. The Swiss team are still very much in the game. They get to choose the location of the DOG Match, they get to build their multihull. If they win the ‘DOG’ Match then they get to do it their way with an absolute mandate. No. the biggest losers are teams like TEAMORIGIN from the UK and Emirates Team New Zealand. These teams are already operating on a shoestring budget and another 10 m0nths may send them to the wall. The other losers are the fans. While the MMF get to see a battle of technology, the casual fan may just lose interest altogether consigning the America’s Cup to an irrelevancy of the past.
Which America’s Cup Type are you?