Friday, January 29, 2010

New York Supreme Court confirms America's Cup Match for 8 February

[Source: Alinghi] Justice Kornreich tells teams to go racing; no decision or hearing will take place before the Match

Justice Kornreich of the New York Supreme Court informed the America's Cup defending yacht club, Société Nautique de Genève, and the challenging Golden Gate Yacht Club today via telephone conference that she will not hear the American challenger's complaint regarding the ‘constructed in country' requirement of the Deed of Gift before the 33rd America's Cup Match which is scheduled to begin on 8 February.

This means the 33rd America's Cup is free to proceed as ordered by previous New York rulings: in Valencia on the 8, 10 and 12 February.

“This is excellent news. We are delighted that BMW Oracle's attempts to disqualify Alinghi and to win the America's Cup in court have been denied. We look forward to meeting them on the start line here in Valencia on 8 February to race for the Cup; something they can no longer try to avoid,” said Ernesto Bertarelli – two-time America's Cup winner – on hearing the news when returning ashore after today's race training session.

Enresto Bertarelli and Rita Barberá, happy in front of the America's Cup trophy. Valencia, 29 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Other news:
The America's Cup trophy arrives at the Alinghi base in Valencia

Sport's oldest active trophy arrives at the Alinghi base, the America's Cup Defender's home, in Valencia

The sterling silver ewer once known as the ‘£100 Cup' and named the ‘America's Cup' after America, the yacht of the same country that fought off the British fleet around the Isle of Wight in 1851, is the most sought after trophy in the sport of sailing.

It has resided at the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) in Switzerland since 2003 when the representing team, Alinghi – a first time challenger – wrestled it from the two-time winner, Team New Zealand, and returned it to Europe for the first time since the original race.

Alinghi successfully defended the America's Cup for SNG in 2007 securing the trophy's Swiss residency until today when the Cup arrived at the Defender's base in Port America's Cup, Valencia, where it will be exhibited to the public in the house of the America's Cup at the Alinghi base.

On site to welcome the trophy's arrival were Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi team president, who had just completed a day's race training on Alinghi 5; Rita Barberá, the Mayoress of Valencia; Ricardo Peralta, Spanish government delegate and Vicente Rambla, vice president Valencia regional government.

“It is fantastic to see the Cup back in Valencia and in its home at the Alinghi base; I very much hope that visitors will enjoy the America's Cup during its stay,” said Ernesto Bertarelli, team president.

Rita Barberá invited the public to come and see the America's Cup at the Alinghi base and said: “I feel very touched to see the Auld Mug again. It's back home! This is going to be a unique edition of the Cup. Common sense has prevailed. This America's Cup has to be decided on the water. The 8 February is round the corner and there is going to be an event!”

Alinghi is hosting a Public Open Day on Sunday 31 January from 09:00-18:00 – All are welcome!

America's Cup visiting times are: 11:00-18:00 seven days a week

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At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did you never speak about the US - french boat? Bor is a copy of the very nice VPLP boats:

At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic news!!! Let's go racing and finally get this over and done with ! GO ALINGHI!!!

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to disapoint you, Mrs Barbera, but the real event will take place in New York, God knows when. Actually, if USA 17 wins it will be 99% decided, because Alinghi has no case against them. If Alinghi wins this thing will turn into a legal circus where everyone loses. And this is happening precisely because of a total lack of comon sense, from both teams. I see no reason to smile, apparently neither EB judging by the yellow smiles in his face.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger WetHog said...

Reports from Valencia from those observing both boats state that USA-17 appears to be the faster, more manuverable, boat in all wind strengths. So it would seem it doesn't matter what sails A5 uses.

And will Alinghi fans defend their team if EB/Friends postpone a race because wind strengths are a tad over Alinghi's bullshit wind/wave limits? If you want to win on the water EB do away with the wind/wave limits and sail your boat.

At 12:06 AM, Anonymous heckler said...

What was that crack I heard...?

Go back to SA

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wet Hog

If BMWOR were as certain as some others about their wings advantage then why all the fuss about 3DL.

If they really do care as much about the Cup as they say then they should agree now to drop the 3DL case to remove that uncertainty they keep on accusing Alinghi of causing.That way the result on the water will decide this and BMWOR can hold their heads high win or lose.

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous JamieF said...

@10:02 AM anon,

if BMWOracle really cares about the AC they should make sure that the defender doesn't get away with CHEATING

At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seems most likely to me that the 3DL issue is based on the probability of very light winds favoring the larger sail area. At some point, airflow over a rigid sail, that does not move the draft aft very well would probably become less efficient. A soft surface that adjusts shape based on the forces on the surface would probably still be able to breathe efficiently. At that point, the effectiveness of the shaped flexible sail becomes important. I would expect that a few percent difference is sail shape at that point could be the margin in the race.
- - The Fool

At 11:27 PM, Blogger "Newc" said...

Didn't Dennis Connor use a solid wing when he won the cup back with a catamaran against that 100 foot extreme NZ mono-hull? That would have set a precedent No? "Newc"


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