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Etter lang tids vurdering har domstolen i New York kommet frem til at den spanske utfordrerklubben ikke tilfredsstiller kravene for å være Challenger of Record for de 33. seilasene om America´s Cup.

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Dommer Kahn i den kommersielle seksjonen i New York Supreme Court har avsagt dom i saken som Golden Gate Yacht Club anla på vegne av Larry Ellsions BMW Oracle Team. Han har vurdert det slik at den spanske seilforeningen CNEV ikke fyller forutsetningen for å være Challenger of Record for de 33. seilaser om America´s Cup.

Dermed rykker Golden Gate Yacht Club opp som Challenger of Record og det blir nå opp til denne og pokalforsvarer Societe Nautique de Geneve å forhandle frem en ny protokoll (regelbok) for de neste Cup seilasene. Mye tyder på at disse kommer allerede til sommeren i 90 fots flerskrogsbåter.

Ernesto Bertarelli, Presidenten for Alinghi Team sier han er skuffet over utfallet, men han ser nå frem til forhandlinger med Golden Gate Yacht Club for å få America´s Cup tilbake på skinner igjen.

Her er Goldwn Gates uttalelse ub extensio;

«The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) today welcomed a

ruling by the New York State Supreme Court that its challenge for the 33rd

America’s Cup was valid. “We are very pleased by the decision as it enables

everyone to focus on getting the Cup back on track quickly,” said Russell

Coutts, CEO of the club’s BMW ORACLE Racing team. He said GGYC wanted to see

a conventional America’s Cup regatta in Valencia and is planning to speak

with Alinghi as soon as possible to organize a meeting seeking a mutual

consent challenge.

GGYC’s first preferences would be to:

1) Seek to agree rules with all

competitors along the lines of the October 17 “nine points” compromise

proposal and race a conventional America’s Cup competition in Valencia in

2009;

2) If a Deed of Gift challenge went ahead, the club would seek to race

under the AC90 monohull rule already published. If Alinghi did not agree to

that, in multi-hulls, and;

3) In all scenarios, GGYC would seek by mutual consent to have a Challenger

Selection Series with as many challengers as possible. “We will immediately

endeavour to meet with the other challengers to mutually agree a fair set of

rules negotiated with all the other teams,”

Coutts said. “We will be very happy if we can put the last few months behind

us and get on with sailing.”