Cup. Court. Clarity? Blah Blah Feb 10.


Ho Hum, mug thing, billionaire spat, ra ra… We decided that we would leave the spying stuff alone – whatever – it happens. If you’ve never seen ‘The Challenge’ – the 1986 Mini Series about the 1983 Cup, then too bad – because you probably never will, but if you were lucky enough to catch it, then you would know that spying goes with the America’s Cup like Ferrari goes with F1 – oops!

Anyway – another day another day in a courtroom. And now we have clarity and everyone is just going to get on with it right? Well, maybe.

The Deed of Gift Match will be held on the 10th of February 2010. SNG need to name a place. BMW ORACLE need to race the boat they said they were going to race.

For the record – the meaningless PR missives went like this:

‘Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich in the Supreme Court of the State of New York today upheld an earlier decision of the NY Court of Appeals to stage the America’s Cup in February 2010.’

‘Today’s hearing should end any further delay to the 33rd America’s Cup and we can now look forward to some exciting racing in state-of-the-art boats early next year,’ Tom Ehman, GGYC spokesman, said following the hearing.’

On April 7, 2009, the New York State Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that GGYC is the rightful Challenger of Record and that the next match would be in ten months – early February 2010. However, in an April 23 letter to GGYC, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) sought to unilaterally dictate that the match date be delayed to May 2010 in defiance of the Court, which triggered a motion to hold SNG in contempt of court.’

and

‘Société Nautique de Genève and Alinghi welcome Justice Shirley Kornreich’s decision and confirm that it will be adhered to. The Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup also welcomes the clarity that it brings. We now know that the America’s Cup Match can take place in the Northern Hemisphere regardless of the date, which Justice Kornreich said can be agreed through mediation. In the event of no agreement being reached, Alinghi, representing the SNG, will race BMW Oracle, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, in February 2010.

In another important decision, Justice Kornreich ordered the GGYC to stick to the specifications of their Notice of Challenge and instructed the Challenger of Record to provide the Custom-House Registry as soon as possible.’