6 Nov 2009

Alinghi offers Australian America's Cup venue

11:43 am on 6 November 2009

Alinghi has made an offer to hold the 33rd America's Cup in Australia, to unlock the legal battle between themselves and BMW Oracle, and return the competition to the water.

Ahead of tomorrow's hearing at a New York State Court, the Swiss Defender has proposed a solution to the legal impasse brought about by the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

While the defender's first choice for the venue is Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, in order to achieve a Match in February Alinghi proposes to stage the Cup, in the Southern Hemisphere, in compliance with the Deed of Gift.

A specific race course in the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of Australia, with weather conditions suitable for racing in February, will be announced promptly should Oracle accept the offer.