After Alinghi's request yesterday for a court ruling on the date for the next America's Cup, the challenger, the Golden Gate Yacht Club have responded by urging the New York State Supreme Court for a speedy ruling.
Following two previous rulings from Justice Cahn of the New York Supreme Court, the fate of the 33rd America's Cup Match is returning once again to the court room, with the debate now centring on the date of the best-of-three Match. According to the Cup rules it's the challenging club that sets the date for the regatta, although there must be a minimum 10-month notice period. The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) submitted their challenge in July 2007 and want to race in October 2008, but the defending club, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), are insisting on May 2009 as the earliest date, arguing that the 10-month period did not start until the most recent ruling by Justice Cahn last week.
Yesterday the two parties met in Geneva, but were clearly unable to find a compromise. Alinghi announced yesterday afternoon they had sent a letter to Justice Cahn to ask for a ruling to settle the date issue, putting the blame squarely on the GGYC.
"SNG has repeatedly stated that it wants the competition back on the water and out of the courts; however the GGYC's consistent rejection of a competitive and sporting match in 2009 has given the Defender no alternative but to return to Justice Cahn,"
stated Lucien MASMEJAN, lead counsel for the SNG, yesterday.
Today the GGYC responded, and one thing both parties do seem to agree with is that a speedy ruling will be to everyone's benefit.
"We really need a clear ruling so we can all move forward,"
said Tom EHMAN, the spokesman for the GGYC. "Both teams have known the rules from day one. We have both had the same time to prepare. It is time for the defender to stop making excuses and race."
The GGYC release also went on to refute the claim made yesterday by Alinghi president Ernesto BERTARELLI that a Match in October would not give the team adequate time to prepare, giving the challenger a major competitive advantage.
"Contrary to recent claims by the defender about not being able to get ready, Ernesto BERTARELLI, the Alinghi syndicate head, had confirmed to the media in December that Alinghi was already preparing for a multihull race to be held in July 2008 when they would compete "on beautiful monsters,"
stated the release.
EHMAN also said the GGYC only shifted its main focus to a multihull programme in December and rejected Alinghi's claim in their letter to Justice Cahn that the two parties had previously agreed to toll the 10-month notice period until the end of court proceedings.
Click here to read the full release from the Golden Gate Yacht Club
Click here read Alinghi's full release from yesterday inlcuding a link to the letter sent to Justice Cahn