Veteran New Zealand yachting commentator Peter Montgomery is predicting the next America's Cup will be held in Europe
Larry Ellison and his BMW Oracle Racing team won the cup off Alinghi in a multi-hull best-of-three race off Valencia in February this year and had widely been expected to set up the next regatta around San Francisco.
BUt Montgomery claimed on Radio Sport today that the State of California was broke and the financial clout required to host such an event will come from Europe.
Montgomery predicted the regatta would held in La Maddalena in Italy and will be raced in multi-hulls.
However, Montgomery believes the multihull decision could result in a small revolution from challengers with Team Origin already indicating it is not interested in multi-hulls.
Now kiss the cup and say goodnight. I wonder if the guys over at the St. Francis are kicking themselves? The best thing to come out of this "race" is that the little Golden Gate Yacht Club has bragging rights over the snobby St. Francis.
The choice of the Middle East emirate of Ras al Khaimah for the next America’s Cup has been vetoed in the latest in a barrage of law suits lodged by the challenger BMW Oracle in the New York Supreme Court.
Judge Shirley Kornreich ruled that, under the terms of the rules governing the event, drawn up in 1887, the match scheduled for February next year, must either be staged in Valencia or in the southern hemisphere.
Her decision was based on the stipulation in the 1887 Deed of Gift that the America's Cup cannot be sailed in the Northern Hemisphere between Nov. 1 and May 1, not on concerns by the Americans that RAK was unsafe due to its proximity to Iran.
"I don't believe that I have the ability to deviate from the Deed of Gift," Kornreich said.
"BMW Oracle should clean up their unsportsmanlike behavior with a dose of saltwater and sunshine and challenge for the Cup on the water. Otherwise they should stand aside and let other teams compete," he said.Boo hoo, Larry Ellison is a big meany.
What a joke this race has become......well, it's always been a joke. One design is the closest we get to real racing.
You get tow from a giant zodiac. Ah the fond memories of towing my students back and forth across Richardson Bay in search of wind.
¿Dónde está el viento? (From The Independent)One day of racing does not make an America's Cup, and there was barely enough puff to make the postponement flag flutter for the fifth time in six days yesterday. However confident the organisers were about the race track when they chose this Mediterranean city over Lisbon, Marseilles and Naples, the record so far has been little short of dismal, with just one day's racing in the first week of the Louis Vuitton challenger series....more.