Wednesday, 29 April 2009

America's Cup: Statement from the Société Nautique de Genève

Geneva, 23rd April 2009, Société Nautique de Genève meeting SNG-GGYC. Image copyright © Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi.

by Daphne Morgan Barnicoat

At a meeting today (23rd April) in Geneva, the America's Cup defending yacht club, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), confirmed that it accepts the Golden Gate Yacht Club's (GGYC) challenge for the 33rd America's Cup and informed representatives of the American yacht club that its team, Alinghi, will be ready to race their 90x90ft boat (as stated in the GGYC Notice of Challenge) in 2010.

Geneva, 23rd April 2009 Société Nautique de Genève Meeting SNG-GGYC. Left to right: Lucien Masmejan, SNG member, America's Cup committee secretary & Fred Meyer, SNG vice-commodore and America's Cup committee chairman & Brad Butterwoth (SNG member, America's Cup committeee vice-chairman), with the America's Cup. Image copyright © Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi.

SNG expressed its willingness for the challenger selection to be open to other teams and has encouraged GGYC to do so by offering them more time for teams to prepare if necessary. It was also stated that the SNG would be flexible and ready to discuss other terms of the 33rd America's Cup such as race format, venue or calendar.


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