The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today asked the New York Supreme Court for permission to file an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in the litigation between the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) and the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) regarding the 33rd America's Cup.
A copy of the brief was submitted with the request. The purpose of the brief is to advise the Court concerning ISAF's role in the administration of the sport of sailing world-wide and its relevant rules, regulations and practices. ISAF also stated to the Court it takes no position in the matters presently pending
ISAF has also advised the Court that it has no objections to release of the agreement between ISAF and SNG, which was summarized in a press release of 17 July 2009 on the ISAF website:
"The International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the world governing body of the sport, and the Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG), the trustee and holder of the America's Cup, are pleased to announce that the 33rd America's Cup Match will be conducted under the Deed of Gift provisions, the SNG rules, the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing and ISAF Regulations as required by the Deed of Gift.
"Any changes to the ISAF Rules and Regulations not already covered by provisions within the ISAF Rules and Regulations will require sanction from ISAF.
"The Principal Race Officer, International Jury members and International Umpires (if Appendix C is used), will be suitably qualified personnel and will be independently appointed by ISAF. The process of which has already begun."
SNG has subsequently executed a letter acknowledging and clarifying its understanding concerning several matters referenced in the agreement and accepting its publication
Please find links to the relevant documents below:
SNG Clarification Letter
The Amicus Curiae Brief will be posted as soon as the Court rules on ISAF's request.
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