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Black Swan Racing into Semi-Finals at Trapani International Match Race 2009

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Today’s conditions mirrored yesterday with westerly winds ranging between 5-15 knots. We had a great day winning all of our remaining matches to progress trouble free into the semi-finals. Tomorrow will bring a new challenge with racing taking part inside Trapani harbour rather than outside in the open water. This should provide some tricky racing but with experience from last years regatta we feel confident.

“We had a great day today and feel we are sailing the boats well. Tomorrow will be a bit different inside the harbour but we are excited to be racing here again in the finals” Keith Swinton, Helmsman Black Swan Racing.

Semi Final Line-Up
Keith Swinton (AUS)
Steffan Lindberg (FIN)
Jure Orel (SLO)
Jacopo Pasini (ITA)

Black Swan Racing would like to thank our following supporters.

South of Perth Yacht Club
Brian Kerman from Kerman Contracting
Brad Abbott from Abbotts PTY LTD Chartered Accountants
Musto Australia and Scott Olney from Musto Western Australia/Liquid Leisure Agencies
Philip Ericson from Trendmark Sweden Agent for Musto
The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation

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SNG’s Fred Meyer comments on latest NY court ruling

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Statement from Société Nautique de Genève vice-commodore Fred Meyer following yesterday’s New York Supreme Court ruling:

“Société Nautique de Genève continues to evaluate its options ahead of next Wednesday’s hearing. We hope that the pending issues will be resolved and that we will have certainty regarding the 33rd America’s Cup.

It’s disappointing that Justice Kornreich took yet another unprecedented decision that diminishes the rights of the Defender under the Deed of Gift by considering that rudders are not part of the load waterline length measurement,” said Fred Meyer, adding: “The Deed of Gift Match chosen by Golden Gate Yacht Club is not a mutual consent match and is therefore ruled by the strict provisions of the Deed, which read: ‘These ocean courses […] shall be selected by the Club holding the Cup; and these races shall be sailed subject to its rules and sailing regulations […]’. We expect Justice Kornreich to recognise these rights and respect the Defender’s position.”

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SNG’s Fred Meyer comments on latest NY court ruling

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Statement from Société Nautique de Genève vice-commodore Fred Meyer following yesterday’s New York Supreme Court ruling:

“Société Nautique de Genève continues to evaluate its options ahead of next Wednesday’s hearing. We hope that the pending issues will be resolved and that we will have certainty regarding the 33rd America’s Cup.

It’s disappointing that Justice Kornreich took yet another unprecedented decision that diminishes the rights of the Defender under the Deed of Gift by considering that rudders are not part of the load waterline length measurement,” said Fred Meyer, adding: “The Deed of Gift Match chosen by Golden Gate Yacht Club is not a mutual consent match and is therefore ruled by the strict provisions of the Deed, which read: ‘These ocean courses […] shall be selected by the Club holding the Cup; and these races shall be sailed subject to its rules and sailing regulations […]’. We expect Justice Kornreich to recognise these rights and respect the Defender’s position.”

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BMW Oracle scores significant victory in latest legal action

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Related PDF Documents

- Justice Kornreich Decision/Order on Motion 11, 30 October 2009

[Source: BMW Oracle] Statement from Russell Coutts, CEO and Skipper of BMW Oracle

Our position that rudders should not be included in the Load Water-Line has been supported by the New York Supreme Court.

We welcome this decision. We also totally support the Court’s initiative to resolve the remaining issues with input from experts who are previous America’s Cup jurors and able to bring their experience to bear on sailing and technical matters.

Justice Kornreich has asked Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) and the defender, Société Nautique de Geneve (SNG), to nominate three persons to attend a hearing of the New York Supreme Court next Wednesday, November 4. Each side will nominate one former juror who, in turn, will select the third.

Their combined testimony will help determine:
• the use of moveable water ballast in the measurement of LWL
• whether it is safe to race off Valencia, Spain, in February 2010 (the date of the 33rd Match)
• whether racing and other rules can be changed after the Notice of Race is issued
• the timing of the International Jury being empanelled for an America’s Cup Match
• and whether the agreement between the International Sailing Federation and SNG leaves this Jury unencumbered to be independent and objective

These issues go right to the heart of what we have advocated all along: fair rules and fair play.

This is a significant step towards getting the America’s Cup back on track.

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BMW Oracle scores significant victory in latest legal action

Posted on 31 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Related PDF Documents

- Justice Kornreich Decision/Order on Motion 11, 30 October 2009

[Source: BMW Oracle] Statement from Russell Coutts, CEO and Skipper of BMW Oracle

Our position that rudders should not be included in the Load Water-Line has been supported by the New York Supreme Court.

We welcome this decision. We also totally support the Court’s initiative to resolve the remaining issues with input from experts who are previous America’s Cup jurors and able to bring their experience to bear on sailing and technical matters.

Justice Kornreich has asked Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) and the defender, Société Nautique de Geneve (SNG), to nominate three persons to attend a hearing of the New York Supreme Court next Wednesday, November 4. Each side will nominate one former juror who, in turn, will select the third.

Their combined testimony will help determine:
• the use of moveable water ballast in the measurement of LWL
• whether it is safe to race off Valencia, Spain, in February 2010 (the date of the 33rd Match)
• whether racing and other rules can be changed after the Notice of Race is issued
• the timing of the International Jury being empanelled for an America’s Cup Match
• and whether the agreement between the International Sailing Federation and SNG leaves this Jury unencumbered to be independent and objective

These issues go right to the heart of what we have advocated all along: fair rules and fair play.

This is a significant step towards getting the America’s Cup back on track.

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Justice Kornreich Order on America’s Cup venue

Posted on 30 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Related PDF Documents

- Justice Kornreich Order on Motion 13, 27 October 2009

- Justice Kornreich Order on Motion 14, 27 October 2009

The electronic notification system of the New York Supreme Court has just sent out a note that the Order of Justice Kornreich has been made public.

Motion 13 was filed by GGYC, asking the court to declare Ras Al Khaimah invalid as a venue. As per the order, it has been granted, meaning that the emirate cannot be the venue of the America’s Cup match next February. Still that was something we already knew since Tuesday since Justice Kornreich ruled from the bench. Nothing new here.

Motion 14 was filed by the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, asking to file an amicus brief. The motion has been granted, meaning that Ras Al Khaimah can file such a document, although we don’t see what result it could have.

It seems that it’s more of a procedural publication, we aren’t any wiser than 2 hours ago.

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Justice Kornreich Order on America’s Cup venue

Posted on 30 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Related PDF Documents

- Justice Kornreich Order on Motion 13, 27 October 2009

- Justice Kornreich Order on Motion 14, 27 October 2009

The electronic notification system of the New York Supreme Court has just sent out a note that the Order of Justice Kornreich has been made public.

Motion 13 was filed by GGYC, asking the court to declare Ras Al Khaimah invalid as a venue. As per the order, it has been granted, meaning that the emirate cannot be the venue of the America’s Cup match next February. Still that was something we already knew since Tuesday since Justice Kornreich ruled from the bench. Nothing new here.

Motion 14 was filed by the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, asking to file an amicus brief. The motion has been granted, meaning that Ras Al Khaimah can file such a document, although we don’t see what result it could have.

It seems that it’s more of a procedural publication, we aren’t any wiser than 2 hours ago.

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Solid Start for Black Swan Racing at Trapani International Match Race 2009

Posted on 30 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

We have arrived safely in Trapani, Sicily for our last European event for 2009. It is great to spend out last week sailing in shorts and t-shirts on the beautiful Mediterranean sea. Today we began racing in the round robin, we had great 7-12 knot westerly winds which allowed the RC to provide some quality racing. We are racing Zip 25 4 man yachts which are very nice for match racing however all teams came to the event to sail a different 3 man yacht but because of some problems with these other boats all teams have been put into the Zip 25 1 man short. Fortunately we have been flexible with bowman Nick Bastow and trimmer Kyle Langford doing a great job.

We completed 4 races today winning 3 comfortably against Simone Ferrarese (ITA), Eric Monnin (SUI) and Nick Cherry (GBR). Our loss came in the final race of the day against our recent finals opponent in the Geneva Match Race Steffan Lindberg of Finland. It was a close race, we lead narrowly at the top mark but Lindberg did well to roll us on the downwind. At the bottom mark rounding we were hot on their heels however we accidentally ran into the umpire boat. In the heat of a tacking duel we forgot to put up our red protest flag meaning that we were given no chance for redress. This was a little disappointing but we are sailing fast, starting well and confident for tomorrow. Racing will continue tomorrow outside the Trapani Harbour with semi-finals and finals to be raced inside the harbour on Sunday.

Black Swan Racing

Trapani International Match Race 2009 Line-Up (10 teams)
Jure Orel (Slovenia)
Jacopo Pasini (Italy)
Simone Ferrarese (Italy)
Eric Monnin (Switzerland)
Rasmus Viltoft (Denmark)
G L Perris (Monaco)
Steffan Lindberg (Finland)
Nick Cherry (UK)
M Perris (Monaco)

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