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6 November 2009, 03:59 am
Alinghi Propose Australian East Coast As Venue For 33rd America's Cup Match
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Alinghi has proposed the east coast of Australia as venue for the 33rd America's Cup Match

33rd America's Cup

In a press release issues on Thursday, the America's Cup Defender, the Société Nautique de Genève, has proposed the east coast of Australia as venue for the 33rd America's Cup Match.
The Société Nautique de Genève, represented on the water by the Alinghi team, had originally chosen Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE as venue for the 33rd Cup Match, scheduled to take place in February 2010. However this choice was ruled invalid by the New York Courts as it falls outside the criteria stipulated in the Deed of Gift, which states the venue, unless mutually agreed upon by Defender and Challenger must be within the Southern Hemisphere if held in February (the Court also had made a provision for the venue being Valencia).

The full press release from Alinghi reads:

Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), the 33rd America's Cup defending yacht club, has proposed an alternative venue to the American challenger in a bid to end their continued litigation and return the Cup to the water

Ahead of tomorrow's hearing at the New York Supreme Court, the Swiss Defender has proposed a solution to the legal impasse brought about by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC). While the Defender's first choice for the Deed of Gift Match is Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, in order to achieve a Match in February SNG proposes to stage the 33rd America's Cup on the east coast of Australia, in the Southern Hemisphere, in compliance with the Deed of Gift. This is a venue that should be acceptable to both teams if, as expressed publicly, the true intention of BMW Oracle is to race for the America's Cup on the water.

A specific race course in the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of Australia, with weather conditions suitable for racing in February, will be announced promptly should GGYC accept this offer and cease their legal strategy. The east coast of Australia offers several locations with ideal sailing conditions for the best-of-three match. A venue in this region would be approximately two and a half weeks away by ship from BMW Oracle's base in San Diego, while Alinghi's voyage from Ras Al Khaimah would take approximately three weeks.

SNG is hopeful that this offer will be accepted and that the competition will resume on the water rather than in court.

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