Talks on to resolve Americas Cup rules row

7th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 September 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Reigning champions Alinghi and American challenger Oracle are having discussions in attempts to resolve their judicial wrangle over competition rules for the next America's Cup in 2009.

7 September 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - Reigning champions Alinghi and American challenger Oracle are having discussions in attempts to resolve their judicial wrangle over competition rules for the next America's Cup in 2009.

An Oracle spokesman told AFP: "We are talking with them (Alinghi). There have been some discussions." However a New York court is expected to make an initial ruling on the case on Monday.

The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) of San Francisco, representing Oracle, has launched a legal challenge, arguing the new race protocol violates the historical "Deed of Gift" governing the race after earmarking Spain's Spanish Nautical Yacht Club (CNEV) to house its designated challenger Desafio Espanol.

The Americans say the "Deed of Gift" stipulates such a challenger has to involve a traditional yacht club which holds annual regattas, whereas CNEV was only formed a few days before SNG issued the challenge to the Spanish.

BMW Oracle, who is equally confident of winning in court, also accused Alinghi of trying to unilaterally impose an "unprecedented one-sided set of rules" favouring the defender.

Alinghi retained the Cup, the sport's richest and most glamorous event, in July by beating Emirates Team New Zealand.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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