The story appears on

Page B12

November 7, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Sports » Sailing

Alinghi suggests Australian venue

AMERICA'S Cup holder Alinghi is offering to race rival BMW Oracle Racing off Australia next February.

The Swiss syndicate said on Thursday it was proposing the compromise to end ongoing legal action between the bitterly divided teams and their billionaire owners Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison.

"This is a venue that should be acceptable to both teams if, as expressed publicly, the true intention of BMW Oracle is to race for the America's Cup on the water," Alinghi said in a statement.

Alinghi said "several locations" on Australia's east coast would be suitable to stage the best-of-three showdown for the 33rd America's Cup between giant multihull boats.

Alinghi spokesman Paco Latorre said the proposal was communicated on Thursday to BMW Oracle and its backer, Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco.

It also informed New York State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich, who is scheduled to hear the two sides' latest arguments today. Last week she rejected Alinghi's choice of Ras al-Khaimah in the UAE as host port because it is in the northern hemisphere.

The Cup's 19th-century rule book, known as the Deed of Gift, says racing cannot take place in the north from November 1 to May 1.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend