Friday, 5 February 2010

America's Cup: Statement by Tom Ehman, GGYC Spokesperson

by Jane Eagleson

The New York Supreme Court has now set a date of February 25 to hear the "constructed in country" case over the American-made sails to be used by Alinghi 5.

Team Alinghi is the Societe Nautique de Geneve's defender for the 33rd America's Cup against GGYC's team BMW ORACLE Racing for the Match starting in Valencia on Monday.

"We would have preferred that the question mark over Alinghi's sails had not become a question mark hanging over the result of the 33rd Match," commented GGYC Spokesman Tom Ehman.

The Deed of Gift, the rulin document of the America's Cup, required the competing yachts to be powered by sails and constructed in the country they represent.

"Since we have been unable to get them to sign the agreement negotiated in Singapore, the best way to resolve this issue is for our yacht USA to beat Alinghi 5 on the water," added Ehman.

"Race 1 is imminent. With normal sailing breezes, we like our chances in the coming Match."

Golden Gate Yacht Club

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