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Swiss: Will forfeit Cup if US wins sails issue

Swiss: Will forfeit Cup if US wins sails issue

Defending America's Cup champion Alinghi of Switzerland says it will forfeit the silver trophy if American challenger BMW Oracle Racing succeeds in getting a New York court to disqualify its sails.
The statement by Fred Meyer, vice commodore of Alinghi's backing yacht club, Societe Nautique de Geneve, comes as the bitter rivals prepare for a rare best-of-three showdown scheduled to begin Feb. 8 in giant multihulls.
BMW Oracle Racing has gone to the New York State Supreme Court again, arguing that the sails on Alinghi's catamaran breach America's Cup rules because they were not made in the team's home country.
The Swiss say the sails were constructed in Switzerland using blanks built at North Sails' plant in Minden, Nev.
BMW Oracle Racing says it's not trying to disqualify Alinghi's boat, but wants the issue clarified before racing begins.