Sunday, January 17, 2010

SNG responds to GGYC’s unfounded accusations

[Source: Alinghi] Société Nautique de Genève has replied to the challenger's letter regarding the recent meeting in Singapore:

Mr. Marcus Young Commodore
The Golden Gate Yacht Club
#1 Yacht Road
San Francisco
California 94123

17 January 2010

33rd America’s Cup

Dear Commodore,

This responds to your letter dated January 15, 2009. None of us were in Singapore and we both have to rely on the reports we received from our teams. Your accusation against a highly respected sailor is without grounds and very unfair.

GGYC’s representatives clearly bear the substantial responsibility of the negotiations’ failure. While Alinghi representatives were acting in good faith in Singapore, GGYC lawyers filed a factually and legally baseless motion with the New York Supreme Court on a topic (Constructed in Country) that was a subject of those negotiations.

This GGYC court filing was the cause of the failure of the negotiation and is further evidence of GGYC’s bad faith conduct.

It is not the first time that your representatives show a lack of good faith. On November 9, 2009, your representatives took the opportunity of settlement talks at your lawyers’ offices to serve the new breach of trustees law suit!

SNG acknowledges your statement that GGYC would like to negotiate further, and we confirm that SNG would be prepared to do so provided that GGYC withdraws its baseless Constructed in Country motion. The America’s Cup should be decided on the water not in the courts.

Yours sincerely,

Fred Meyer, Vice-Commodore / America’s Cup Committee Chairman
Alec Tournier, General Secretary

Cc. Pierre-Yves Firmenich

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At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sad for yachting fans,BOR panic when faced with an opponent who could(and will!) beat them fairly, The ACC is about the ultimate racing event, but when you combine the Ellison cheque book, with american ego's the event is ruined, my interest is gone . Good luck Alinghi I hope you thrash them.

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Mark said...

You invited legal action by trying to defend the cup with a paper yacht club. Giving BOR a legal foot hold was your own fault.

Our sport needs AC regattas, not lawyers. The sport I love used to be self governing.


At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SNG back to another of their lines "withdrawn the lawsuit". They next a different line as that one is over 2 years old.

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Gareth Evans said...

The final sentence says it all.

Please can we have a confirmed date for racing so that I can confirm my hotel and book my flights?

At 1:09 AM, Anonymous Shane said...

If SNG withdrew from the negotiations or decided against signing up to any agreement because of GGYC's court action, it doesn't mean GGYC caused the negotiation failure. SNG still chose to withdrew. I'm not defending GGYC in this particular instance. I think the SNG letter might be more reasonable if they left out the sentence alleging that GGYC caused the failure. If SNG wanted to demonstrate they were on the higher moral ground they should have stuck with it regardless.

As for what Brad Butterworth said being true or false, I guess that's one of those things we will never know with 100 percent certainty.

At 2:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GGYC's final offer to SNG just on with deadline of Monday 18, 2010 @ 1900 CET[1].pdf

At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder, seriously how many sailing fans are just tired of all this bullshit from both parties.
There must be more interesting components to cover than their obvious attempots of trial by media.

Seriously, what other sailing is in Valencia, what does Valenci look like, there must be some colourful local sailors?
Would love to know more of Valencia!

At 5:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BOR don't want to go on racing because they knew too well they can't defeat Alinghi

At 5:57 AM, Blogger Iam said...

This race will never happen!!!!!!!!! $$$,$$$$,$$$,$$$$.$$

Meanwhile; Haiti, Somalia and half of New Orleans USA are starving dying and have nothing. Wha tha?

At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 6:12 PM anon
have you ever considered the effect of E.B's ego and checkbook on the AC???

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

This is all so sad. Both teams should be ashamed of themselves. This is so embarrasing, it makes me sick!


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