Alinghi counterattacks in America's Cup court battle

17th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Swiss yachting champions ask a New York court to order Oracle to provide a description of its trimaran.

Madrid -- Defending America's Cup champions Alinghi asked a New York court to disqualify Oracle if the US team does not present them with a description of the trimaran which they are building for their multihull contest.

The move, announced Thursday by the Swiss team, comes two days after Oracle launched a new court action in New York against Alinghi which it accuses of trying to change the rules for the event.

A hearing was set for Tuesday at the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Manhattan at the request of Oracle to consider that complaint.

The two sides have been locked in a legal battle over the rules of the America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports, since Alinghi won the 32nd edition in 2007 in Valencia, Spain.

Their competition for the 33rd America's Cup -- with Alinghi using a catamaran and Oracle a trimaran -- is set for February 2010 at an undecided location.

In its latest legal move, Alinghi asked the court to order Oracle to provide a description of its trimaran within the next 15 days so it can determine if the boat meets the rules of the America's Cup.

Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth accused Oracle on Thursday of seeking to win the 33rd America's Cup through the courts.

Rita Barbera, the mayor of Valencia which may host the duel, urged the two sides to "return to the sea" to avoid the America's Cup becoming the "Cup of the courts".

AFP / Expatica

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