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Delay of the Game . . . er . . . Cup

America’s Cup Management has announced that, because of the legal squabble with the BMW Oracle Challenge from the Golden Gate YC, the 33rd America’s Cup has been postponed from the original date of 2009 in Valencia. However, boats that want to participate in the 33rd Cup still have to sign up by December 15.

But what happens if BMW Oracle wins their case in the New York courts? It would seem — but isn’t certain because the combatants could still make another agreement — that BMW Oracle and Alinghi would square off in 90-ft trimarans. We know we’re in the minority, but all we want for Christmas is for Alinghi and BMW Oracle to go at each other in the 90-ft trimarans.


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