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America's Cup - Court Ruling !!

Oracle gets heave-ho in America's Cup
Hold those giant catamarans just a minute, you bickering billionaires.

The America's Cup appears to be headed away from a rare one-on-one showdown between American and Swiss crews and back to its traditional multichallenger format following a ruling by a New York appeals court on today that went against a San Francisco yacht club that backs Silicon Valley maverick Larry Ellison.

In the latest 180-degree turn in a yearlong court fight, the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division ruled 3-2 that Spain's Club Nautico Espanol de Vela should be the Challenger of Record, giving it the right to negotiate terms of the next regatta with the America's Cup holder, Alinghi of Switzerland.

The ruling, issued by the New York State Appellate Division, reversed a lower court's ruling declaring a challenge by the Spanish club, Real Federation Espanola de Vela (CNEV), invalid in favor of a challenge by the U.S.-based BMW Oracle.

The challenger of record is able to name the type of boat to be used for the race.

"We are surprised and disappointed by this ruling. We will now be taking legal advice and considering the next step," Tom Ehman, spokesman for the Golden Gate Yacht Club, which sponsors BMW Oracle, said in a statement.

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Stand-by for the apeal. As I understand it GGYC is likely to apeal based on the fact that CNEV "is not a real YC"....

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The America's cup has lost it's mojo since they left the 12M rule behind. I remember the day a AC boat could handle 30 knot winds now the masts start breaking at 20 or they snap in two and sink. They spend day after day waiting for wind conditions in a very narrow window, the only interesting part of the race is the start after that it's who ever has the fastest straight line boat wins.

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Who Cares Anymore???

Who Cares Anymore???
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Who Cares Anymore???
That's the saddest part right there........I think the answer is... very few, it's been many years since I've followed it

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I think they should make it a choice of production (more than 50 per year) stock sailboats built in the challenging country, crewed exclusively by passport holding citizens of the country being represented.

Enough of the silly crap.
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I think they should make it a choice of production (more than 50 per year) stock sailboats built in the challenging country, crewed exclusively by passport holding citizens of the country being represented.

Enough of the silly crap.
I'll vote for that.... but it is too logical and would never fly..

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I didn't think boat specs was the issue, but the legitimacy of CNEV as a yacht club and therefore a legal COR was

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Thanks for the post Free but to be honest, I really don't follow the AC anymore, i.e., since the end of the 12 meter boats.

Chuckles has the right idea.
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I agree with Chuckles. That's strange.
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