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America's Cup rivals called back to court

Yachting rivals Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) and Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) are sailing back into court next week after talks between them broke down.

This content was published on July 15, 2009 - 08:31

The two teams scheduled to meet in the next America's Cup will continue their argument over the competition rules before a New York State court.

Software executive Larry Ellison's BMW-Oracle team, sponsored by GGYC, and the defending Swiss champions Alinghi, backed by biotechnology billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, have been locked in a legal dispute for more than two years over the terms of the 33rd running of the race.

BMW-Oracle has accused Alinghi, which sails under the colours of SNG, of unfairly changing the rules of the race. They have asked the court to hold Alinghi in contempt of court.

Under America's Cup rules, a challenger proposes to race the defending champion, and together they plan the terms of the next race. Lawyers for the two sides will appear in the Manhattan courtroom on July 21.

The next America's Cup competition had been scheduled for this year and is now slated to take place in 2010.

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