Statement from Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesman
[Source: BMW Oracle] The New York Supreme Court has now set a date of February 25 to hear the “constructed in country” case over the American made sails to be used by Alinghi 5.
Team Alinghi is the Société Nautique de Geneve’s defender for the 33rd America’s Cup against GGYC’s team BMW ORACLE Racing for the Match starting in Valencia on Monday.
“We would have preferred that the question mark over Alinghi’s sails had not become a question mark hanging over the result of the 33rd Match,” commented GGYC spokesman Tom Ehman.
The Deed of Gift, the ruling document of the America’s Cup, requires the competing yachts to be powered by sails and constructed in the country they represent.
“Since we have been unable to get them to sign the agreement negotiated in Singapore, the best way to resolve this issue is for our yacht USA to beat Alinghi 5 on the water,” added Ehman.
“Race 1 is imminent. With normal sailing breezes, we like our chances in the coming Match.”
BMW Oracle's USA trains 5 days before the 1st race of the 33rd America's Cup. Valencia, 3 Februray 2010. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle