Court wants quick end to Americas Cup legal rows

23rd August 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 August 2007, MADRID - A New York court on Thursday called on the Geneva Nautical Society (SNG) to give a speedy response to questions on new proposed rules for the America's Cup amid an ongoing legal wrangle which threatens the next edition.

23 August 2007

MADRID - A New York court on Thursday called on the Geneva Nautical Society (SNG) to give a speedy response to questions on new proposed rules for the America's Cup amid an ongoing legal wrangle which threatens the next edition.

A legal cloud hangs over the world's most prestigious yachting event in Valencia, Spain in 2009, after the Swiss, representing champions Alinghi, unveiled a new race protocol which some challengers say will benefit the holders.

That led the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) of San Francisco, representing US syndicate BMW Oracle, to launch a legal challenge in New York, arguing the protocol violates the historical "Deed of Gift" governing the race, the oldest sports competition in the world.

In a statement seen by AFP in Madrid the US syndicate said the Supreme Court of New York had called on SNG to respond to its concerns and answer accusations that, aside from the revised protocol, the Swiss "accepted an invalid challenge from a sham yacht club" in advance of the 2009 event.

SNG earmarked Spain's Spanish Nautical Yacht Club (CNEV) to house its designated challenger Desafio Espanol but the Americans argue that the "Deed of Gift" stipulates such a challenger has to involve a traditional yacht club which holds annual regattas.

CNEV was only formed a few days before SNG issued the challenge to the Spanish. BMW Oracle also accused Alinghi of trying to unilaterally impose an "unprecedented one-sided set of rules that hugely favor the defender to the detriment of all other competitors."

Tom Ehman, Oracle's head of external affairs, said the SNG protocol had to be changed "because we believe the Cup will be irrevocably damaged" otherwise.

Ehman added that Oracle were determined "to go the legal distance" if a settlement was not reached out of court.

According to Thursday's statement, the Supreme Court of the State of New York could examine the issue as early as October.

GGYC filed its legal challenge on July 20th.

Alinghi retained the Cup in July by beating Emirates Team New Zealand, while BMW Oracle lost out to Italy's Luna Rossa in the semi-finals of the challenger event.

BMW Oracle's new Kiwi skipper and former champion Russell Coutts is among leading figures who have called on Alinghi to stick to the protocol used at the last edition.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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