Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Message from the SNG Vice Commodore concerning today's letter to GGYC

Related PDF DocumentLetter from the SNG Vice Commodore to the club's members, dated April 14 (in French)

Dear Members of the Société Nautique de Genève,

The latest developments in the 33rd America's Cup deserve some explanations so that you are all aware of the current situation.

For nearly two years, SNG and Alinghi have worked in conjunction with 18 challengers and those discussions led to the establishment of two new classes of America’s Cup yachts, initially the AC 90 rule and, more recently, the AC 33 rule. In addition, the rules that would have had governed a multi-challenger event as proposed in May 2010, were negotiated and published.

On April 2nd, the New York State Court of Appeals declared that the Club Náutico Español de Vela was not a valid Challenger of Record and, as a result, forced the Société Nautique de Genève to accept the Golden Gate Yacht Club (the club of BMW Oracle Racing) in its place, according to the terms in their notice of Challenge, including a multihull boat 90ft by 90ft.

Following the recent decision of the New York Courts, the rules governing the 33rd America's Cup, that SNG had developed with the Club Náutico Español de Vela, are no longer valid.

The Société Nautique de Genève is writing Golden Gate Yacht Club today to inform them that it accepts their America's Cup Challenge and that invites them to meet in order to define the terms that should govern the 33rd America's Cup.

Ernesto Bertarelli, President of Alinghi, also expressed his willingness to meet the President of BMW Oracle Racing, Larry Ellison, in a face-to-face meeting.

We will keep you informed of the outcome of these meetings in the weeks to come.

Yours sincerely,

Fred Meyer
President of the America's Cup Committee

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At 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a crock of BS! The New York court did not "force" SNG to race GGYC one-on-one in a DoG match. They said go negotiate under mutual consent, which means they can have a normal Cup with many teams. How can the Vice Commodore outright lie to his membership like this?

At 4:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SNG/Alinghi see it as they see it. Arguing with that fact is a waste of time. It is was it is.

Neither side is going to change their point of view, so throwing insults is time-wasting.

Which side has learned the most is what is important now. Both sides have said quietly amongst themselves that they can see their mistakes. They acknowledge they both have come out looking grubby. How much each is willing to compromise is what we need to know now.

Problem is, people never learn, its in their nature, they just keep making the same mistakes.

At 4:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they force Allinghi into the Dogzilla multi-hull match .... or do you think that uncle Larry build that boat for nothing?

Dream on ....... or better yet, wake up and smell the coffee, because there wont be other teams involved in any AC for at least 3-4 years now.

At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh? The statement said nothing about at DoG match .

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its only logical: uncle Larry will not agree to a multi-entry protocol, he will find points "that he cannot agree to in the interest of the international sailing community" (crock of shite). Then that way he will force a one-against-one DOG match using his big toy.

Its clear as the writing ion the wall. I bet $1000 bucks that they will not find an agreement, albeit all the other challengers already agreed to a protocol.

That will leave the international AC community without a multi-entry AC for at least another 3-4 years!

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:25 PM - "albeit all the other challengers already agreed to a protocol." NYSC said CNEV was invalid so what does that say about the creators of the protocol and those that supported it?

"That will leave the international AC community without a multi-entry AC for at least another 3-4 years!" Well you better ask SNG what they are going to do as the whole sailing world & NYSC is watching?

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said 2.25pm. The AC33 rule i am sure would be perfect and i bet a grand that you are right. Larry is so close to getting his first chance at actually being in a race for the cup for the first time that their is no way he will make it agreale to alinghi to have a multi challenge event. The shit of it all is that they will try and make alinghi look like the bad guys if it ends up being a dog match. Come on BOR. Just get on board with the AC33 program and let it run as is.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:49 PM - nice try but like the rest of the Alinghi apologists, you fail to understand or admit that SNG has wasted 21 months with an invalid challenger. Also, you fail to understand the 33rd ACP doesn't exist & even the poodles who have flipped & their yachts club have stated in interviews & letters the obvious.

That fact can not be changed nor can the fact that the idea/creator of CNEV as stated by the CNEV board was ACM/Alinghi. EB, ACM & Alinghi have all by themselves through their works created their bad guy image.

EB, ACM & Alinghi have to admit they screwed up & deal fairly w/ GGYC. As the NYSC & 5 past Trustees have said move along & make it a friendly competition.

All of us hope that happens but given EB, now DM, ACM & Alinghi track record of denial & self serving, the ball is really in their court to grow up.


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