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Date set for 33rd America's Cup

The America's Cup
The America's Cup was first raced for in 1851

The next America's Cup will take place in February 2010 after a New York Supreme Court justice upheld a court ruling on Thursday.

Defending champions Alinghi will face Oracle, who were ruled to be the legitimate challengers of record by the New York Court of Appeals last month.

Alinghi had wanted the 33rd running of the event to be held in May 2010.

"We can now look forward to some exciting racing early next year," Oracle spokesman Tom Ehman said.

"Today's hearing should end any further delay to the 33rd America's Cup."

Swiss-based Alinghi issued a statement saying it would adhere to judge Shirley Werner Kornreich's decision and "welcomes the clarity that it brings".

Alinghi, who sail under the colours of Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG), and Oracle - from the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) in San Francisco - had been involved in a legal dispute since Alinghi's victory in Valencia, Spain, in July 2007.

According to the rules of the Cup, the defending champion and the challenger of record negotiate where and when the cup will be held, and the standards for the boats that will be permitted to sail in the race.

606: DEBATE

After Alinghi named Spanish syndicate Desafio Espanol as challenger of record, Oracle took legal action and won.

Meanwhile, the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, decided unanimously in April that the race would be held next February and this decision has now been upheld.

The judge also ordered the two teams to resume negotiations with a mediator, and ruled that Oracle should provide Alinghi with a detailed description of the yacht it will use in the event.

As defending champion, SNG is entitled to hold the race in Valencia again - or another venue of its choice.

But in court, SNG lawyer Barry Ostrager claimed: "It's dangerous for the sailors to have a northern hemisphere race in February."

The America's Cup was first raced for around the Isle of Wight in 1851.



see also
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Oracle win America's Cup appeal
03 Apr 09 |  Sailing
Alinghi win America's Cup battle
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America's Cup set for March 2009
12 May 08 |  Other sport...
America's Cup goes back to court
27 Mar 08 |  Other sport...
America's Cup postponed over row
22 Nov 07 |  Sailing
Alinghi sailor fails doping test
01 Oct 07 |  Sailing
America's Cup returns to Valencia
25 Jul 07 |  Sailing
British team enters America's Cup
23 Jul 07 |  Sailing
Coutts to lead Oracle challenge
24 Jul 07 |  Sailing
Alinghi want America's Cup revamp
07 Dec 07 |  Sailing
Alinghi secure America's Cup win
03 Jul 07 |  Sailing
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