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Meanwhile in Valencia… beautiful day but very light breeze

Posted on 02 February 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Greetings from sunny Valencia where it seems spring is around the corner. This might be excellent news for the tourists and spectators that are expected to come in droves for the 33rd America’s Cup match but not so much for the Alinghi and BMW Oracle crews.

The two giant multihulls docked out from their respective bases at around noon and from what we could observe from the rooftop terrace of “Veles e Vents” there was hardly any breeze and not much was expected either. I won’t be able to go out on the water on Tuesday, so my report will be limited to Alinghi’s dockout. Still, stay tuned right here for some very spectacular shots later this week.

We will also have interesting news later tonight, after I attend the jury hearing that starts at 7pm Valencia time. As per Tom Ehman’s statement it will discuss GGYC’s request for redress over measurement. If I’m allowed, I will try to blog live from there, taking advantage of the free Wifi network that the city has installed all over Port America’s Cup. During the duration of the event access will be free and open to everybody, to the best of my knowledge.

Alinghi 5 goes out for another day of training. Valencia, 2 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 goes out for another day of training. Valencia, 2 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 goes out for another day of training. Valencia, 2 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Meanwhile in Valencia… beautiful day but very light breeze

Posted on 02 February 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Greetings from sunny Valencia where it seems spring is around the corner. This might be excellent news for the tourists and spectators that are expected to come in droves for the 33rd America’s Cup match but not so much for the Alinghi and BMW Oracle crews.

The two giant multihulls docked out from their respective bases at around noon and from what we could observe from the rooftop terrace of “Veles e Vents” there was hardly any breeze and not much was expected either. I won’t be able to go out on the water on Tuesday, so my report will be limited to Alinghi’s dockout. Still, stay tuned right here for some very spectacular shots later this week.

We will also have interesting news later tonight, after I attend the jury hearing that starts at 7pm Valencia time. As per Tom Ehman’s statement it will discuss GGYC’s request for redress over measurement. If I’m allowed, I will try to blog live from there, taking advantage of the free Wifi network that the city has installed all over Port America’s Cup. During the duration of the event access will be free and open to everybody, to the best of my knowledge.

Alinghi 5 goes out for another day of training. Valencia, 2 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 goes out for another day of training. Valencia, 2 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 goes out for another day of training. Valencia, 2 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Statement from Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesman

Posted on 01 February 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] The five-person International Jury for the 33rd America’s Cup met for the first time today.

Under consideration were five vital requests by GGYC to ensure fair and equitable racing:

• Can the defender unilaterally select wind and wave limits?
• Is Mutual Consent required to select race start times?
• Can wind detection equipment be used?
• Can friction reduction systems be used?
• Are the regatta rules contradictory?

“The fact the hearing lasted from 1100 to 1730 proves that the issues being considered are significant and that the Jury gave the challenger and defender full opportunity to present their cases,” said Ehman.

The meeting was adjourned. International Jury Chairman David Tillett indicated that the findings of his panel will be released tomorrow afternoon.

A further hearing concerning GGYC’s request for redress over measurement will also be heard tomorrow at 1900.

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Statement from Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesman

Posted on 23 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] The Deed of Gift requires the competing yachts to be “Constructed in Country.” In the court papers filed last night by Société Nautique de Genève, they admit they are using 3DL sails. Racing sailors the world over know that 3DL sails are American, not Swiss, made.

Instead of demonstrating that their sails have been constructed in Switzerland as required by the Deed of Gift, their court papers attempt to duck the issue with a long list of excuses, and shift the focus away from their own problems with bizarre attacks on our yacht.

In recent months, their excuses have been, literally, all over the map. First, it was, “Sails aren’t part of a sailboat.” Then, “It’s not an issue until we race.” Next, “Our sails were built in the USA but assembled in Switzerland.” Yesterday it was, “If we can’t use our 3DL sails we’ll forfeit.” Now, in their latest court papers, “GGYC’s boat is a French design.”

This is untrue, and there is nothing whatsoever in the Deed of Gift that says where, or by whom, a yacht must be designed — only that it must be constructed in the country of the yacht club it represents.

After claiming repeatedly, and erroneously, that GGYC is trying to win the Cup in court, SNG’s latest filing seeks to disqualify GGYC’s yacht. Moreover, SNG threatens to bring further litigation after the Match if they lose to GGYC on the water.

Making a modern sail is like baking a cake. You gather the ingredients, put it in a mold of a shape and size designated by your design team, and literally cook it. That’s what takes place at the 3DL plant in Minden, Nevada, where Alinghi’s sails were constructed. Shipping that cake to Switzerland and adding some candles does not make it “Swiss-made.”

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Statement from Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club Spokesman

Posted on 09 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] Golden Gate Yacht Club has received the draft Sailing
Instructions and revised Notice of Race from Société Nautique de Genève.

Golden Gate Yacht Club is hopeful that the remaining issues will be solved satisfactorily in talks with SNG to be held next Tuesday in Singapore.

These talks will be in the presence of the Chairman of the International Jury, David Tillett and, International Sailing Federation representative, David Kellett.

GGYC does not expect to make any further comment until after the Singapore meeting.

The 33rd Match starts February 8, 2010, in Valencia, Spain.

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Statement from Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesperson

Posted on 15 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] The focus for the 33rd America’s Cup is now squarely on Valencia, Spain. Today, the Appellate Division rejected the defender’s second attempt to have Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, host the February match.

“This is a big stride forward,” commented Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesperson. “In place of doubt and delay, the sailing world wants certainty. It wants to see this contest to go-ahead soon and be contested under fair rules.”
The New York Supreme Court ruled on October 30th that Ras al Khaimah did not comply with the Deed of Gift, a decision upheld by the Appellate Division in a unanimous verdict.

The Court also turned down SNG’s second attempt to have rudders included in the crucial Load Water-Line measurement calculation. This has never occurred in the 32 previous America’s Cup matches and won’t happen in the 33rd.

“With the International Sailing Federation re-drafting the previously unbalanced and unfair agreement it struck with Société Nautique de Geneve, and discussions continuing to normalize the Notice of Race, the common-sense approach to the remaining issues in this America’s Cup is prevailing,” added Ehman.

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Statement from Tom Ehman, GGYC Spokesman

Posted on 06 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] We welcome the news that ISAF has appointed the International Jury for the 33rd America’s Cup. The panel is highly qualified.

We are pleased that it includes the members of the Expert Panel to which Justice Kornreich referred the five technical questions. The Panel’s recommendations were confirmed by Justice Kornreich in her recent decision.

With the Jury’s appointment we expect that the remaining rules issues, including revision of the SNG-ISAF agreement and the draft Notice of Race, will be quickly resolved consistent with the Court’s decisions and orders, and in accordance with normal – and fair – yacht racing rules and procedures.

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Statement from Tom Ehman, GGYC Spokesman

Posted on 06 December 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] We welcome the news that ISAF has appointed the International Jury for the 33rd America’s Cup. The panel is highly qualified.

We are pleased that it includes the members of the Expert Panel to which Justice Kornreich referred the five technical questions. The Panel’s recommendations were confirmed by Justice Kornreich in her recent decision.

With the Jury’s appointment we expect that the remaining rules issues, including revision of the SNG-ISAF agreement and the draft Notice of Race, will be quickly resolved consistent with the Court’s decisions and orders, and in accordance with normal – and fair – yacht racing rules and procedures.

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