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

February 1st, 2010

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.

I’m not altogether clear as to whether this means there could be more arguments after the the race if the Swiss win.

Valencia, 2/1/10 Alinghi in Valencia Alinghi 5 sailing in Valencia George Johns / Alinghi

Valencia, 2/1/10 Alinghi in Valencia Alinghi 5 sailing in Valencia George Johns / Alinghi

Is it just my imagination or do the Americans have a serious lack of forestay tension?  Not that surprising, given the engineering challenges, but it cant help them point much.

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