Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dear Oracle, When Will You Be in RAK? Sincerely, Alinghi

Dear Oracle
The Société Nautique de Genève, in its role as trustee of the America’s Cup and event organising authority, is working with Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, on fitting out the area for the 33rd edition of the America's Cup and on developing the teams’ area on Al Hamra Island. The defending yacht club writes to Golden Gate YC to enquire about the arrival of BMW Oracle in order to prepare their team area in good time. Here is the letter. You can read between the lines.

Soon after the letter was dispatched Russell Coutts, the leader of the BMW Oracle Racing Team, was throwing doubt over the legitimacy of the UAE as the host venue.

More on the acrimony between Coutts and his former team can be found at this link.

Dear Alinghi
America's Cup challenger BMW Oracle Racing on Wednesday (30 September 2009) sent a measurement certificate for its monster trimaran to defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland, nearly four months earlier than a judge stipulated.

Alinghi has been demanding the document for almost two years as part of a bitter legal fight between the powerhouse sailing teams that will meet in a best-of-3 showdown in February on the Persian Gulf for the oldest trophy in international sports.

Check out the details and specifications at this link.

Alinghi on the Way to RAK
A photo has been obtained from this link (merci!) indicating that Alinghi has been put on a ship in Geneva and is bound for the UAE.

The legal deadlock continues but now the New York court system is being blamed for the America’s Cup being in the legal doldrums.

American’s are calling for the historic regatta to get back onto an even keel by having the race run in monohulls rather than multihulls.

On Related Sites
Try Out the Harbour Club Bar and Restaurant in Fujairah UAE, Fujairah in Focus, 1 October2009.

Dining in Dubai, Experiencing the Emirates, 1 October 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

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Image: The most positive sign yet.