Thursday, January 31, 2008

BMW Oracle sends Justice Cahn a letter; Alinghi replies by sending another letter

Just when it seemed that Monday, January 28 was the deadline for the two litigating parties to submit their documents in the NY Supreme Court, we have yet another two letters sent to Justice Cahn.

First, BMW Oracle sent Justice Cahn a letter on Tuesday, replying to Alinghi's documents submitted on Monday. Then, on Wednesday, Alinghi replies to BMW Oracle's reply by sending Justice Cahn another letter. Without going further into legal details, both letters focus once again on whether BMW Oracle's challenge is valid.

Both letters are accessible through the box at the top of this article.

We also publish, albeit belatedly, an interview Tom Ehman gave NZ Sport Radio last week, shortly after the hearing at the NY Supreme Court. Unfortunately, we only got the MP3 file of the radio interview yesterday. GGYC's spokesman talked about the hearing and the litigation and reiterated his team's commitment to hold a conventional 34th America's Cup here in Valencia in 2011, if of course they win the 33rd edition of the event. There have been increasing fears here in Valencia, especially among local politicians, that Larry Ellison, owner of the team, might use some last-minute excuse and take the Cup to San Fransisco, hometown of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

You can listen to the 6:40 minute interview through the usual media player:

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At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Brian said...

Still, SNG confuses Justice Cahn (a man who probably has never been aboard any boat, vessel, yacht or barge).
GGYC's letter is clear as water: "forget about ISAF's statements and officers' testimonials and go right to the point".
And the point here is whether GGYC's challenge certificate states the basic information required by the DoG or not. If so (indeed, it does) GGYC is the Challenger of Record. Period.
More than 13 teams, 1,500 jobs and millions of sailing-lovers are disgusted (if not bored) by this mess.
How will Ellison and Bertarelli be remembered in the next years? They should ask Michael Fay.

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy, just listen to that slimeball Ehman.Imagine having to put up with that all day every day...

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That EB fiasco at KWRC was just too painful.

Ehman speaks with confidence, it's a lot more fun to hear that guy talk.

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

correction to my comment "KWRW"

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give EB credit for turning up at these events. He's a sailor and he fronts up and does it.
What event did you last see Larry taking part in -hanging out with the guys ? You never hear or see the guy - and what has Ehman ever done for yacht racing.
He's the poodle for Coutts - watch him get flicked as soon as this is done.

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What event did you last see Larry taking part in"

the match racing circuit in SF last year before the cup.

not saying that you don't have a point, but I'm just saying he does actually sail.

At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Mander said...

Compare this with interview by EB, which is always evasive and dishonest and talking of high principles which he himself never follows. EB's talks always revolve around his so called vision and hinting his intentions to get rid of Larry from the competition. EB's sole purpose is not to face RC on the water. One can not say about the DoG challenge in multihulls, but in normal AC challenge, Alinghi will be no match to RC and team. What a shame, RC got EB into this game of AC and now he( EB)wants to keep him(RC) out.Some sportsmanship.

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for starters Ehman got umpiring going. There was a good article in one of the sailing mags about this. Imagine the America's Cup, or sport for that matter, without it? He served for many years as a volunteer in both USYRU and ISAF, and he still is in high demand to chair juries like the Farr 40 Worlds the last 5 or 6 years running, and Miami again his year. What other "pro" gives so much of his time freely back to the sport? Tom is also one hell of a good sailor. I raced against their national championship team in college, and in J/24s years ago in the uber-competitive Newport, RI fleet where he was always near the top if not winning it. He also won the U.S. Championship of Champions here in the U.S. sometime in the 70's.


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