Ernesto Bertarelli (Alinghi) was interviewed by Rob Mccaffrey at the Showtime Dubai studio during the 'Goals On Monday' football progam on 2 November 2009.
It is a general information talk with a few nice sailing shots and does not tough the court case issues at all, while a few hours later SNG appeals the Ras Al Khaimah venue decision at the NYC court in these words from the Alinghi site:
“The Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), is to appeal New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich’s decision of 30 October rejecting Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the 33rd America’s Cup. SNG has applied for an expedited appeal to avoid any delay to the February 2010 Deed of Gift Match.”
“The choice of Ras Al Khaimah was made based on the plain language of Justice Cahn’s (Kornreich’s predecessor) May 2008 Court Order that ruled the location of the 33rd America’s Cup Match to be in ‘Valencia or any other location selected by the SNG’.”
“The Emirati venue was selected by the Defender for several reasons: the suitability of the weather conditions for a February Deed of Gift Match; the infrastructure offered by the country and the experience the UAE brings in organising world class sporting events.”
Note to the Editor
“While the Deed of Gift stipulates that racing for the America’s Cup between 1 November and 1 May must take place in the Southern Hemisphere, Justice Cahn’s 12 May 2008 New York Supreme Court Order ‘that the location of the match be in Valencia or any other location selected by the SNG’ led the America’s Cup defending yacht club, Société Nautique de Genève, to select Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.”
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Dr Geoff Pound
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Image: Alinghi boss, Ernesto Bertarelli.