Oracle takes legal action against Alinghi
US yachting group Oracle Thursday launched new legal moves against Alinghi over the rules for the next America's Cup.Madrid -- US group Oracle Thursday launched new legal moves against America's Cup defenders Alinghi over the rules for the next edition of yachting's top event.
It said it asked the New York Supreme Court to ensure that Alinghi does not impose regulations, notably concerning the measurements of boats and their equipment, that do not exist under the Deed of Gift, the 19th century rules governing the competition.
Alinghi, owned by Swiss biotech billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, announced in August it would face Oracle in a competition for the 33rd America's Cup in the United Arab Emirates at Ras al-Khaimah from 8 February.
That choice of venue was opposed by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), which represents Oracle, owned by American computer billionaire Larry Ellison.
The GGYC said it continues to have "serious issues" with the way Alinghi's representative, the Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG), is organising the next edition of the oldest trophy in sport.
"Recent actions by Société Nautique de Genève to unfairly manipulate the rules continue their disturbing pattern of misconduct as Trustee of the oldest trophy in sports," said the GGYC, which recently increased its legal team.
It also called for the "secret agreement SNG has with ISAF (International Sailing Federation)" to be made public.
Alinghi said it regretted Oracle's move.
"It's a shame that BMW Oracle and Golden Gate Yacht Club persist with their campaign to win the America's Cup through litigation rather than on the water," it said.
"It is the sixth time that they've taken the Defender to court. It is possible that Larry Ellison continues to revert to the courts to draw attention away from the fact that their boat does not meet the dimensions as per their Certificate of Challenge."
Alinghi won the last America's Cup, in Valencia, Spain in 2007, and the two teams have since been engaged in a legal battle over the next edition of the event.
AFP / Expatica