Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Geneva, 23rd April 2009 Société Nautique de Genève meeting SNG-GGYC. Left to right: Manolo Ruiz de Elvira (BMW Oracle Racing Team Designer), Richard Slater (BMW Oracle Racing Rules Advisor) & Melinda Erkelens (BMW Oracle Racing General Counsel). Image copyright © Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi.
by Jane Eagleson
A delegation from the Golden Gate Yacht Club and its team, BMW ORACLE Racing, met in Geneva today with representatives of SNG/Alinghi.
GGYC’s clear and straight-forward proposals for a fully competitive, conventional America’s Cup in monohulls were rejected by SNG, who insisted on a regatta in large multihulls under the Deed of Gift ('DoG').
SNG asserted that the Deed of Gift match with GGYC would take place in May 2010. This is in defiance of the recent decision and orders of the New York courts that the DoG match take place in February 2010.
GGYC has asked SNG to put their position in writing, and hopes to have another meeting with SNG soon to clarify issues related to the DoG match.
GGYC is disappointed that SNG categorically rejected our proposals for a conventional regatta. GGYC will continue to negotiate in good faith as Challenger of Record to put the America’s Cup back on the water as soon as possible.
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