Monday, November 02, 2009

Graham McKenzie nominated as SNG expert witness for NY Supreme Court hearing


Graham McKenzie, AC Jury member
[Source: Alinghi] Société Nautique de Genève has nominated Graham McKenzie (NZL) as an expert witness for the New York Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday 4 November.

McKenzie was a member of the 32nd America’s Cup Jury and has sailed both competitively and for leisure in New Zealand on a wide range of yachts.

He retired as partner from Bell Gully, a New Zealand law firm, in 2006 and is a Notary Public. McKenzie is a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand and Queensland, Australia, and is a Director of several public companies. He is also Deputy Chairman of Saint Kentigern Trust Board and a Trustee of the Bruce McLaren Trust.

McKenzie and the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s appointed expert will chose a third to assist Justice Kornreich with the technical issues still pending for the 33rd America’s Cup.

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9 Comments:

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Fredrik Wallenberg said...

A slightly different CV than Willis, wouldn't you say? Guess Alinghi figures it is smart to put a lawyer in the courtroom. Of course he has to be qualified since he served on the AC32 jury but I can't find any other sailing reference in his past.

He was also appointed by SNG to be on the AC33 arbitration panel, so they didn't have to look very far. Feels like vintage Bertarelli to me (I'm no fan of Larry per se, but I do applaud him for standing up againt Alinghi).

Some sources: http://tinyurl.com/yc6dsrd http://tinyurl.com/ylkjpa4 http://tinyurl.com/yjtq29e

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good choice!

 
At 5:23 PM, Blogger WetHog said...

I wonder where those Alinghi supporters that branded Bryan Willis a disgruntled former Alinghi employee now?

Mr. McKenzie is a lawyer, AC32 jury member, and has raced competitvely and sailed leisurely on numerous types of sail boats. Just interesting that SNG/Alinghi chose a lawyer to represent them.

Win on the water? We shall see...

 
At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The team choices are predictable and both are reputable fair and level headed. Who they chose is going to be much more interesting and will I guess ultimately swing this one way or the other.

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is another win for GGYC. Bryan Willis has, by far, the deeper resume of the two and is widely regarded among the sailing community for his integrity and knowledge. SNG will have a hard time going head-to-head with him as his resume speaks for itself. Any dissent or roadblocking from McKenzie will get SNG run through the wringer. McKenzie will also have a difficult time convincing Willis to agree to an SNG stooge as the third expert.

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see so Alinghi have a stooge but the Americans are palying it straight. Get a life.

 
At 10:32 PM, Blogger WetHog said...

I wouldn't call Mr. McKenzie a stooge, but he is a lawyer. Which is an interesting strategy coming from the "Can't win it on the water" team of record. Maybe they are changing their tune?

 
At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it a surprise they picked a lawyer with sailing knowledge? That is smart I would have thought.

 
At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the experts are not allowed to give legal advice to Judge Kornreich. They are only allowed to advice in regards to sailing and sailing related issues.

 

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