A New York judge has ruled that Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, cannot host the America’s Cup based on the 19th-century document that governs sailing’s marquee regatta.
The ruling by Justice Shirley Kornreich of the New York State Supreme Court is a blow to two-time defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland. The Swiss picked the Persian Gulf for their February showdown against American challenger BMW Oracle Racing.
Kornreich said her decision was based on the stipulation in the Deed of Gift that the America’s Cup cannot be sailed in the Northern Hemisphere between Nov. 1 and May 1, not on concerns by the Americans that RAK was unsafe due to its proximity to Iran. Jump in the thread…