30 Oct 2008

Butterworthn welcomes Team New Zealand decision

8:50 am on 30 October 2008

Alinghi's skipper,Brad Butterworth has welcomed Team New Zealand 's decision to withdraw its lawsuit against the Swiss America's Cup holder.

Butterworth says it's good news that Grant Dalton and Team New Zealand have seen that the legal route leads nowhere.

Alinghi had threatened to ban Team New Zealand from the 33rd America's Cup regatta unless a claim for compensation was dropped.

But Dalton says they dropped the action to ensure the success of the Louis Vuitton Pacific series in Auckland from January 30 till in February 14.

Alinghi and BMW Oracle remain locked in a legal battle over the holder's selection of a Spaniosh yacht club as the challenger of record.