Nov 17, 2009, 2:26 AM
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Yes, I also enjoy the good natured discussion on this Forum. I appreciate your comments. Maybe they should get us to write the new AC protocol. I think we could have it nutted out by the morning.
Re: [waiknot] America's Cup & Alinghi
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As usual there's a lot of "He said...she said" in this dispute between billionaires. It's like dealing with my 2 kids (11 and 9).
Facts are that GGYC/BOR has launched 8 separate legal actions against SNG in 2 years. They have won them all.
SNG has not launched any legal actions, although they did successfully appeal the decision about the original Challenger of Record, only to have it overturned by a further legal challenge by GGYC/BOR.
GGYC even went to Court in an attempt to have SNG removed as Trustee of America's Cup.
GGYC/BOR called for the DoG match, shutting out 19 other teams which had been ready to sail in the biggest Challenger Series ever seen. Louis Vuitton didn't like what was unfolding and ended their support of the Challenger series after 25 years.
GGYC/BOR made the call on the giant multi hull challenge.
So, why is Larry so angry? What "wrong" was done to GGYC/BOR?
Is it simply that SNG wouldn't recognise them as Challenger of Record?
They had this overturned in Court, so why did GGYC/BOR not then go sailing?
The same question was asked by all the other Challengers who were then shut out. It was a reasonable question.
I admit I originally leant towards laying the blame with Alinghi for this fiasco, but the more I read the more I see a pattern of legal challenge from GGYC/BOR rather than a willingness to compete.
Maybe this is a reflection of their lack of success in AC campaigns. They flopped in AC31 in New Zealand, and they got walloped 5-1 by Luna Rossa in the AC32 semi final. Ouch, that must be a blow to the ego. The real loser here is TNZ, who were superb in AC 32 and now look like winning the Louis Vuitton Cup in Nice. They should be involved in America's Cup, but they are shut out.
But, in the end there is nothing to be gained by sheeting home blame, I just want to see a proper competition. If the only way to achieve that is to get this stupid DoG match out of the way, then so be it. Please let's get on with it.
Yes, Alinghi should defend the Cup, but the Cup should never again be subject to a DoG match. A new protocol needs to be written that ensures this situation does not arise again.
The Deed of Gift should be re-classified as a historic document of great interest and put permanently on display. It should never be used again as a part of AC protocol.
The new protocol should be written by elected Yacht Club representatives of the countries that have held or won America's Cup. England, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.