BRING ON THE DoGFIGHT!
In a unanimous decision that we predicted almost two years ago, the New York Court of Appeals today threw out CNEV’s bogus challenge and pronounced Golden Gate Yacht Club Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup. The judges decided 6-0 that the Deed of Gift’s ‘annual regatta’ requirement obviously foreclosed Ernesto Bertarelli’s farce, and called SNG’s argument that ‘having’ a regatta meant that it could be in the future ‘an illogical conclusion’ and went so far as to award legal costs to BMW/Oracle.
The judges wrote that "it falls now to SNG and GGYC to work together to maintain this noble sailing tradition as ‘a perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries’ – but given Bertarelli’s dishonesty, sheer arrogance and complete unwillingness to negotiate with his nemeses Ellison, Coutts, and Ehman, we doubt there will be anything friendly about the 33rd Cup, and we expect (and hope) to see the fastest-ever match race in history in ten months’ time. This thing is still likely to see more time in the courtroom as the chess game over measurement, construction nationality and racing rules begins in earnest, but given the absolute dismissal by the court of every single one of SNG’s arguments, we don’t foresee any further delays being possible.
We say bring on the monsters.
And Ernesto – you can consider this story our formal notice of Anarchy Challenge’s withdrawal from your idiotic Alinghi Cup. You’d better get to work, douchebag.
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