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New America's Cup boat class coming

New America's Cup boat class coming

A new class of boat that could be used for the next America's Cup will be revealed on Jan. 31, organizers said Thursday.
The Swiss holder of the cup Alinghi and 17 other teams that have signed on to take part in the 33rd edition of the sailing classic decided on the date after two days of meetings in Valencia.
The group also said that two pre-regattas scheduled for later this year will be mandatory for all syndicates who have signed up for the event, which America's Cup Management hopes to host in the Spanish coastal city in 2010. Organizers said negotiations with city officials are at an advanced stage.
However the future of the event remains in limbo until a New York appeals court rules as to whether Desafio Espanol is a legitimate challenger of record.
"We all think that we should agree as many details as we can on the event in 2010 and on the pre-regattas for 2009 and try to reduce the number of uncertainties," Alinghi design team coordinator Grant Simmer said. "If the existing court decision which ruled (Desafio Espanol) valid is confirmed by the Court of Appeals, the plans are in place and we can quickly move forward."
BMW Oracle, bankrolled by software billionaire Larry Ellison, contends that Desafio Espanol is not a legitimate yacht club and therefore is not entitled to be the challenger of record.
The Cup has been paralyzed by the near 18-month court case and racing cannot begin before a judgment is reached. A decision could emerge as early as Feb. 10 when the judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments.


Updated : 2020-12-04 22:48 GMT+08:00