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I am not disputing that the SNG (Alinghy) had exemplar behavior, only saying that the major responsibility for having excluded all the other teams and for having an America´s cup disputed with giant multihull was from GGYC (Oracle/BMW).
In what regards the "right to fight it out on the water", let me remind you that GGYC had tried, by all means and till the last minute, to avoid fight it on the water, at the agreed date:
"Justice Kornreich of the New York Supreme Court informed (29/01) the America’s Cup defending yacht club, Société Nautique de Genève, and the challenging Golden Gate Yacht Club today via telephone conference that she will not hear the American challenger’s complaint regarding the ‘constructed in country’ requirement of the Deed of Gift before the 33rd America’s Cup Match which is scheduled to begin on 8 February.
This means the 33rd America’s Cup is free to proceed as ordered by previous New York rulings: in Valencia on the 8, 10 and 12 February.
“This is excellent news. We are delighted that BMW Oracle’s attempts to disqualify Alinghi and to win the America’s Cup in court have been denied. We look forward to meeting them on the start line here in Valencia on 8 February to race for the Cup; something they can no longer try to avoid,” said Ernesto Bertarelli – two-time America’s Cup winner – on hearing the news when returning ashore after today’s race training session."
As you certainly know, the GGYC last complaint about "constructed in country" had to do with the sails of the Alinghy boat, not with the boat itself. It looks like Oracle´s boat is a genuine product of the American technology, but as you know, almost all knowledge and technology needed to built Oracle's boat, including the sails come (with the technicians to build it) from France, the most advanced country on multihull tech.
Even the American Court found that complaint was too much.
I see it differently. Alinghi was trying to control all facets of the race, including the judges. Oracle fought and won in court the right to fight it out on the water.
Last edited by PCP; 01-31-2010 at 12:19 PM.