SNG Comité Central replies to GGYC’s letter
[Source: Alinghi] The Société Nautique de Genève Comité Central responds to the Golden Gate Yacht Club's latest letter: "The SNG Comité Central is fully supportive of the Club’s decisions to date concerning the 33rd America’s Cup, including the selection of Ras Al Khaimah as the venue […]," it writes.
The letter highlights the GGYC’s acknowledgement that the SNG has the right and the duty to choose Ras Al Khaimah; it also underlines the American club’s recognition that it has neither right nor role in the selection of the venue.
The defending yacht club reminds the GGYC that it has chosen a venue in accordance with both the controlling Court Orders and the Deed of Gift. The Court Order, in particular, expressly affords SNG the right to designate Valencia “or any other location” as the venue for the next Cup. By its plain language, the Order allows a Northern or Southern Hemisphere venue, a fact that was repeatedly acknowledged by both Russell Coutts and Tom Ehman.
The letter from SNG also includes what BMW Oracle’s own security advisor said of the venue to the Ras Al Khaimah representatives during his recent visit.