Cup Contenders Set to Finalize Terms

The Socit Nautique de Genve (SNG), the 33rd America’s Cup defending yacht club, has published a draft version of the Sailing Instructions for the America’s Cup Deed-of-Gift match due to start February 8 in Valencia, Spain.

SNG, which is being represented by team Alinghi, has also sent a copy of the draft to the challenger, BMW Oracle Racing, which is representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) in the match. The two teams plan to discuss the document at a meeting in Singapore on Jan. 12 in the presence of ISAF America’s Cup jury chairman David Tillett.

“Golden Gate Yacht Club is hopeful that the remaining issues will be solved satisfactorily in talks with SNG,” said GGYC spokesman Tom Ehman in response to the document. “GGYC does not expect to make any further comment until after the Singapore meeting.”

To see a copy of the sailing instructions draft, click here.

To see a copy of the latest version of the 33rd America’s Cup Notice of Race, which has been amended to incorporate a number of recent decisions by the New York Supreme Court as well as a number of changes that were agreed upon at an SNG-BMW Oracle Racing meeting in Sydney, Australia, click here.

The amended Notice of Race is a fascinating document in that it shows the actual strikeout and additions to its predecessor in red—evidence of the degree to which the two camps are trying to strictly define the conditions of the planned three races.

In recent months the Alinghi and BMW Oracle have wrangled over everything from the location of the match to the legality of Alinghi’s sails, which BMW Oracle has said should have been manufactured exclusively in the team’s native Switzerland.

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