Thursday, November 19, 2009

Statement from Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesman

[Source: BMW Oracle] The New York Supreme Court has moved the 33rd America’s Cup match another significant step closer to be being sailed under the normal, fair rules of sailing.

Justice Shirley Kornreich has adopted the unanimous recommendations made by the Expert Panel which took testimony from both Golden Gate Yacht Club and the defending Société Nautique de Geneve in New York on November 7, 2009.

“This is victory for fair rules and common sense,” said Tom Ehman, GGYC spokesperson. “Once again SNG’s attempts to bias the rules in their favor have been rejected.”

The court’s ruling that both yachts must be measured with all ballast aboard, including moveable ballast, blocks Alinghi’s attempt to circumvent the 90ft Length on Load Waterline (LWL) limit imposed by the America’s Cup Deed of Gift.

It was because of SNG’s refusal to put an International Jury in place to determine some of the sporting and technical issues that the Court called for its own Expert Panel of former America’s Cup jurors.

David Tillett (AUS), Graham McKenzie (NZL) and Bryan Willis (GBR) were “well qualified and independent,” the Court said in today’s ruling.

The Court also put a time limit on this vital matter of jury appointment, ordering that if is not settled by December 4th, 2009 the Court will ask the Expert Panel to re-convene.

“All we have ever asked is that the America’s Cup be raced under the normal rules and procedures that nearly every sailor in the world competes under,” added Ehman. “Yet again SNG has had to be reminded that the America’s Cup is not the Alinghi Cup.”

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At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Russ said...

'...we just needed time to figure out how to jimmy the rules again, in our favour. This reminds me of the good old days...'

At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should be Alinghi Cup, we won it,it's ours. Should be our rule too!
Alinghi Alinghi Alinghi

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'normal rules...' Trimanran is not at all 'normal'

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Renaud said...

Pauvre Tom, toujours à pleurer chez sa maman que les gens sont pas gentils avec lui .... attendons encore la procédure d'appel, tout peut encore changer.

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alinghi Alinghi Alinghi
you are so beautiful and I love you so much. Alinghi is the most wonderful and amazing thing that happened to my life ever. It is even better than sex!
Alinghi Alinghi Alinghi

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes that is what Alinghi fans have to hope for. But how likely is it that the court of appeals is going to reversè Justice Kornreich's decision? As things have developped recently, I would guess it is rather unlikely.

At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the puke bucket...I could vomit immediately after reading Tom's statement

At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suck it up Alinghi fans as SNG got busted for trying to jimmy the rules.

At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10.51am. Just another thing you are obviously not doing correctly.


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