REALE YACHT CLUB CANOTTIERI SAVOIA AND MASCALZONE
LATINO FILE A MOTION TO SUBMIT A "FRIEND OF COURT"
BRIEF ASKING NEW YORK STATE COURT OF APPEALS TO PRESERVE
"HISTORIC AND ILLUSTRIOUS" AMERICA'S CUP YACHT RACE
- Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia ("RYCCS") and
Mascalzone Latino, a leading America's Cup syndicate, ask Court to
install GGYC, a "qualified" yacht club, as Challenger of
- Says rules agreed to by swiss team, Alinghi, and
"sham" challenger are "outrageous" and
"eliminate challenger rights" -
- Mascalzone Latino advocates that AC 33 be held in 2010-2011 with
multiple challengers and rules similar to well-respected AC 32, using
the V5 America's Cup yachts -
Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia ("RYCCS") and Mascalzone
Latino today asked New York State's highest court, the Court of
Appeals, to overturn a lower court's ruling that enabled the
America's Cup Defender, Alinghi, and its host yacht club, Sociétè
Nautique de Genévè (SNG) to accept a "sham" yacht club as
Challenger of Record for the 33rd America's Cup.
The amicus curiae ("friend of the Court") brief read,
"SNG has breached its fiduciary duties and violated the Deed of
Gift by accepting as the Challenger of Record (Club Náutico Español
de Vela) CNEV, a newly manufactured entity of no substance whatsoever
which had never held an annual regatta. SNG did this to get
CNEV to go along with the outrageous and unprecedented Protocol for
the 33rd America's Cup which grants SNG unchecked authority and
eliminates challenger rights."
Said Vincenzo Onorato, "This is more than a simple dispute
between two yacht clubs or two sailing teams. In fact, the Court of
Appeal's decision will determine whether the America's Cup - yacht
racing's most prestigious trophy and the oldest trophy in international
sport - will remain one of the most-sought titles in the world, or
instead lose its importance by becoming a one-sided affair controlled
by the Defender."
Said Alessandra Pandarese, general counsel of Mascalzone Latino and
former Chair of the Challenger Commission, "RYCCS and Mascalzone
Latino are gravely concerned that the Appellate Division's decision,
if not reversed, will open the door for Defenders to manufacture
challenges for the Cup and ensure their own long-term dominance, not
through their success on the water but on creating and enforcing
unfair, one-sided and anti-competitive rules."
Mr. Onorato added, "We have great interest, passion and
enthusiasm for this event, and I truly believe that GGYC is
representing the voice of those who really care about the Cup.
But I - like many others - would like to see this resolved out of
court if possible, and Mascalzone Latino has actively attempted to
resolve this dispute by proposing that AC33 be a multiple challenger
event held in the 2010-2011 timeframe, that the Protocol be
substantially the same as the well-respected protocol of AC 32, that
we use V5 America's Cup yachts, and that all competitors work for a
new design to be applied into AC 34. Our proposal is even more
realistic now given the current economic circumstances around the
You can see here the MOTION and here the AMICUS BRIEF.