We broke the story months ago that Bertarelli was planning a UAE Cup venue, but our own Stingray was the first to nail down tiny Ras-Al-Khaimah last week as the actual spot negotiated by Prince Ernesto for the 33rd America’s Cup. Finally the rest of the yachting press has caught on, including Stuart Alexander in this piece in the Independent. Alexander writes, “Ras al-Khaimah, at the southern end of the Persian Gulf, has a total population of about 300,000 people, over 80 per cent. of whom live in its one city, is ruled by Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi, and has a land area of about 650 square miles.” And interestingly, it’s mere miles from Iran – not the most hospitable place for a US registered boat to sail…
With Alinghi mandated by the court to reveal their choice of venue on Thursday, an evidentiary hearing for BMW’s boat certificate issues scheduled for the following Monday, and a likely appeal of Kornreich’s engine decision in the next few days, how the hell is the court even going to find the time to deal with the hemisphere issue raised by a Middle Eastern America’s Cup choice by Prince Ernesto?
Read, see pics, and talk about the venue here.