by Tom Ehman
The focus for the 33rd America's Cup is now squarely on Valencia, Spain. The Appelate Division rejected the defender's second attempt to have Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, host the February match.
"This is a big stride forward," commented Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesperson. "In place of doubt and delay, the sailing world wants certainty. It wants to see this contest go ahead soon and be contested under fair rules."
The New York Supreme Court ruled on October 30th that Ras Al Khaimah did not comply with teh Deed of Gift, a decision upheld by the Appellate Division in a unanimous verdict.
The Court also turned down SNG's second attempt to have rudders included in the crucial Load Water-Line measurement calculation. This has never occurred in the 32 previous America's Cup matches and won't happen in the 33rd.
"With the International Sailing Federation re-drafting the previously unbalanced and unfair agreement it struck with the Societe Nautique de Geneve, and discussions continuing to normalise the Notice of Race, the common-sense approach to the remaining issues in this America's Cup is prevailing," added Ehman.
Golden Gate Yacht Club