4 Aug 2008

Butterworth says Oracle time wasting

12:08 pm on 4 August 2008

The Swiss yachting team Alinghi has accused Oracle of deliberately delaying the next edition of the America's Cup, a day after the Americans went to a New York court to block an earlier ruling in favour of the European team.

Oracle's appeal was in response to a ruling earlier in the week, which gave Alinghi the right to help organise the next race, and overturned a ruling issued last November.

Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth, a New Zealander, says he's disheartened with Oracle's appeal and that it's chosen to further delay the 33rd America's Cup.

Last week the court withdrew the Golden Gate Yacht Club, which represents Oracle, from the position of "Challenger of Record", giving Alinghi the right to name Spanish team Desafio Espanol as the official holder of the title.

The ruling also ordered the cancellation of a multi-hulled duel between the two teams that was to decide the next America's Cup in 2009.