News Archive America's Cup

Thursday, March 4, 2010   (Image © Archiv)
 America’s Cup – The legal saga has yet to end
Sail World reports that the Breach of Fiduciary Duty action leveled by the former America’s Cup Challenger Golden Gate Yacht Club against the former defender Societe Nautique de Geneve, is due by March 8. The second action relating to the Constructed in Country issue about Alinghi’s sails built by North Sails in the US, is due back in the New York Supreme Court on March 10. Alinghi executives Ernesto Bertarelli and skipper Brad Butterworth indicated they would not be entering the 34th America's Cup while they were being sued by BMWOracle and the new Defender has not announced that they would let these issues slide.
Then there’s the mutiny: According to a letter published on Sailing Anarchy, Societe Nautique de Geneve’s vice commodore Fred Meyer justified the action of SNG’s race committee before the start of the second race with concern about spectator boats in the area, improper sea state (the waves were too high) and the possibility of the race finishing after dark. When PRO Harold Bennett decided to start anyway the SNG committee members quit and retired to the cabin ‘[rather] than enforcing the Race Committee decision by physical means…' No word yet from ISAF who appointed Bennett.

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