AMERICA’S CUP DECISION BY NEW YORK STATE COURT OF APPEALS, AT LAST AFTER 24 MONTHS.
The Judge summed it all up well regardless of legal disputes, “this matter in regard to the America’s Cup should be settled on the water”.
NOW, WHAT ?
Some aspects still need to be dealt with immediately. The request to have a head to head multi-hull race between Alinghi and Oracle may be scheduled in a 10 month period. This makes the future timing of returning to the proper classical historic America’s Cup mono-hull Syndicate and Nation Challengers still in doubt. Modification design specifications and construction, money management, when and where the races would be held all require detailed exact timing and planning.
After thirty years of Cup involvement at many levels, I am appalled that the multi-hull race even begins to be addressed as a solution. It is as ridiculous as requesting the Jockeys in the Kentucky Derby to ride sidesaddle. Have a “multi-hull “ race”, it is a different sport compared to the America’s Cup. The Cup remains the most beautiful and sportsmanlike and historic event in the world. This delay has wounded the prestige of the Cup which will be instantly repaired by announcing and adhering to a schedule so that National
Yacht Club Syndicates can plan, finance and construct towards an exact date. “Valencia, Spain” would work if all can agree, we will see!
The recapitulation of the global economy demands that sport addresses its expenditure and that the most money does not always win. Niche things such as The Cup can come out of this by adherence to classical presentation with emphasis on sportsmanship and practicality for all who respect and enjoy sailing. Voltaire said, “Men argue, nature acts”.
Posted: Paul T. Rivard, CEO America’s Cup News and USA Journalist
April 5th, 2009