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AC 33: A Fine Mess Indeed

We’ve begun to notice that when things aren’t going well for BMW Oracle Racing, their press releases get pretty short. Such was the case yesterday, when the New York Appellate Court reversed Justice Herman Cahn’s earlier ruling and finding that CNEV was a valid challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup, which effectively drops the Golden Gate YC as the challenger of record for the next event. The reversal is subject to appeal should BMW Oracle Racing decide it wants to go that route. The decision does create a bit of an issue for everyone, as the Spanish team that initially set CNEV up along with America’s Cup Management in order to challenge, has already severed ties with it.

"We are surprised and disappointed by this ruling," said club spokesman Tom Ehman. "We will now be taking legal advice and considering the next step.”

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Wendy and Steve Bott wave goodbye, not long before setting sail from Zihua aboard ‘Elusive’ last spring.