Alinghi and BMW Oracle to meet on Thursday?
The exchange of letters between the America's Cup Defender and Challenger keeps unabated. It was the turn of GGYC Commodore's to write his counterpart in order to work further on a possible meeting, to be held in Geneva next Thursday, April 23. The American team agrees on such a meeting and will be represented by its General Counsel, its Rules Advisor and a member of its design team.
This letter comes as a reply to the one from SNG, dated April 14, where the Swiss accepted the challenge set forth by the Americans and proposed holding the meeting on Thursday, April 23. In that letter, SNG's Vice Commodore did not make any mention to the issues on discussion during the meeting and asked the Americans to provide the custom-house registry of their challenging vessel as soon as possible, as required by the Deed of Gift.
In his reply, GGYC's Commodore fails to provide any detail on that issue but instead states that his team remains committed to a conventional America's Cup, on monohulls and with various teams.
Finally, it's interesting to know that the two team owners are also in communication in order to privately meet somewhere in Europe.
Yet the question is, will these meetings lead to anything?
You can read here below the latest letter. Both letters are also available in PDF format at the top box.
April 17, 2009
Commodore Pierre-Yves Firmenich
Société Nautique de Genève
Dear Commodore Firmenich,Thanks for your April 14 letter suggesting a meeting at Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) on April 23. As you would know, Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison are in communication regarding meeting together in Europe at about the same time. However we are pleased to come to SNG as suggested to start discussions for the 33rd America's Cup.
Representing Golden Gate Yacht Club will be Melinda Erkelens (USA), GGYC Board member and BMW Oracle Racing General Counsel; Richard Slater (AUS), BMW Oracle Racing Rules Advisor, and Manolo Ruiz de Elvira (ESP), BMW Oracle Racing design team.
Your letter of April 14 notwithstanding, and as we indicated in our letter of April 7, we remain committed to a conventional, multi-challenger regatta in monohulls under mutual consent to be held as soon as practicable. We look forward to discussing this in full earnest.
Please let us know with whom Melinda should follow up the details.
GOLDEN GATE YACHT CLUB
cc: Ernesto Bertarelli, Team Ainghi
Brad Butterworth, Team Ainghi
Russell Coutts, BMW Oracle Racing
Larry Ellison, BMW Oracle Racing