Lucien MASMEJAN, lead counsel for the SNG, commented, ?We are pleased that Justice Cahn has issued this order and recognized within his decision that it was the actions of the GGYC that brought the America's Cup to court and that depriving SNG of the ten-month notice period mandated by the Deed of Gift would be inequitable.?
?This 10-month notice period should commence when there is a final decision regarding the propriety of the GGYC challenge and fully taking into account the Northern Hemisphere window as indicated in the Deed of Gift. This means that the Match cannot take place before May 2009," added MASMEJAN.
The GGYC's response came from club spokesman Tom EHMAN, who commented, ?We are pleased that the Court has advanced the process and required the Defender to confirm the venue. We will now be considering the order to determine our next steps.?
Despite the decision in favour of the Defender, MASMEJAN, also indicated that this was not going to be the end of the legal battle between the two clubs. ?Several issues still remain unresolved. Among these, the GGYC certificate is critical, as it is unclear and contradictory. Since GGYC refuses to provide us with the information required in the Deed of Gift, we are forced to continue with the legal procedures that GGYC started by bringing the America's Cup to court,? he said.
So, the current state of the play is that the contest for the 33rd America's Cup is set to be a best-of-three battle between giant multihulls, held in Valencia in 2009.