Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Société Nautique de Genève's statement following today's oral hearing at the NY Court of Appeals

Hamish Ross, Alinghi General Counsel, comments on the hearing

You can download the mp3 file here if you encounter problems listening to it

[Source: Alinghi] Following today's oral hearing at the New York Court of Appeals, this is the statement by Lucien Masmejan, Société Nautique de Genève legal counsel:

“Today's hearing marked the last step in this long legal journey instigated by the Golden Gate Yacht Club. We are confident that the Court of Appeals will render a final decision which will permit the Defender Alinghi, the legitimate Challenger of Record Club Náutico Español de Vela, and the 17 other challengers from 11 countries to move forward with the 33rd America's Cup.

It's finally time to get the America's Cup back on the water, where victory is pursued and not in the courtroom. We have demonstrated to the court that the America's Cup community is united through a democratic process that has established rules and has created a new class of race yacht. We expect the Court of Appeals to reaffirm the previous decision that favours an exciting and competitive multi-challenge America's Cup with 19 competitors in 2009 and 2010, instead of forcing a multi-hull match between just two competitors.”

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At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't SNG listen to the CoA today!!! GGYC counsel stated quite clearly that GGYC wants a multi challenger event. How can SNG say otherwise???

At 10:18 PM, Blogger ruidh said...

I listened to the webcast of the arguments. I think the judges were very skeptical to SNG's "Let's settle this on the water" argument.

At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Supporter of G.L. Schuyler said...

My favorite part, undoubtedly, was when the judge compared CNEV to something as random as a fictional "New York Yankees Yacht Club", and then the respective lawyers for SNG and CNEV disagreed over whether his analogy was accurate.

If THAT doesn't demonstrate the fragility of SNG's case don't I know what will. They can't even agree about what CNEV EVEN IS.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen to Ross's statement & yep, if BOR wins the appeal SNG is going to put the 17 challengers on the hard for a DOG match. I guess the 33 ACP is that important to EB & things are personal.

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting that this statement includes 17 challengers, +1 defender so at most 18, yet SNG's stated in court today that they had 19 teams.


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