Swiss, US teams discuss America's Cup
Members of the Alinghi and Oracle meet in Geneva Thursday to discuss the format of yachting’s premier event.MADRID - Tense discussions are likely in Geneva on Thursday between the US team Oracle and Swiss champions Alinghi over the format of the next edition of the America's Cup, yachting's premier event.
Oracle on Tuesday released a letter to the Swiss team proposing a traditional America's Cup regatta in the Spanish Mediterranean port of Valencia in 2011, a year later than the date considered by Alinghi and the 18 registered challengers.
Oracle also proposed a joint management of the 33rd America's Cup through AC Management (ACM) in Valencia. The defenders, in this case Alinghi, usually fulfil that role, the newspaper Las Provincias de Valencia noted.
"We are going to study their proposal and we are going to discuss it during the meeting" on Thusday in Geneva, a spokesman for the Swiss syndicate said.
A New York court earlier in April supported Oracle over Alinghi in their long-running legal battle over the rules of the 33rd America's Cup.
The ruling means that the two teams must hold a best-of-three competition involving multihull yachts in Valencia in 2010.
But the US team said it prefers a traditional format involving multiple challengers in Valencia in 2011.
Oracle's chief negotiator, Tom Ehman, and its skipper, Russell Coutts, will not join Thursday's talks, held at the offices of the Societe Nautique de Geneve, Alinghi's representatives.
Alinghi will be represented by its skipper and chief operational official Brad Butterworth.
The US team trained in a trimaran since October 2008, while Alinghi did not yet train in its multihull boats.
AFP / Expatica