CupInfo: 2010 America's Cup
Race Dates: Schedule
America's Cup 2010 Dates: The 33rd Defense
The America's Cup Match 2010:
Best of Three Series
Race 1: Monday, February 8
Race 2: Wednesday, February 10
Race 3: (if needed) Friday, February 12.
The Jury decision overruled the Defender's intent to light wind and sea conditions that might favor their boat over the Challenger. The Defender had declared an upper wind limit of 15 knots (measured at 60m elevation), roughly equivalent to 10-11 knots at the 10m height at which wind measurements are normally taken. Declared upper limit for wave height was 1m. Initial analysis of the 15 kt limit suggests that typical February conditions in Valencia have about 50% chance of allowing a start with these limits.
Why February 8th?
Note: Pending court
proceedings which could have altered the dates won't be heard
until February 25, after the scheduled start of the match.
Decisions made by the America's Cup International Jury on
February 2 appear to have cleared the way for racing.
The dates of the match were originally named as July 4, 6, and 8, 2008 in Golden Gate YC's Notice of Challenge, delivered July 11, 2007. A court case ensued to establish the challenger.
Per the 1887 Deed of Gift governing the America's Cup, the Defender is entitled to 10 months before the racing begins. When the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, confirmed GGYC and BMW Oracle as the rightful challenger on April 7, 2009, the court reinstated an earlier court order setting the date 10 months from the final decision in the case, or the next weekday if that date fell on a Sunday or national holiday.
This 10-month leap would be February 7, 2010, a Sunday, making February 8th the first possible day for the first race.
Contemplating a northern hemisphere location for the defense, which the Deed appears to prohibit between November 1 and May 1, Alinghi's position was that as a result the racing should shift to early May. Golden Gate YC and BMW Oracle disputed extending the date, which would give the defender more preparation time than entitled, and instead suggested that the venue would be required to be in the southern hemisphere unless the parties agreed otherwise.
The parties returned to court, and the NY State Supreme Court confirmed on May 14, 2009, that the dates remain as constructed from the original order and the final appeal decision, meaning the match is in February, 2010, unless otherwise mutually agreed by the Defender and Challenger.
So, after October 27, 2009, and barring mutual consent, the defender had to select either a southern hemisphere location (to conform with the Deed of Gift) or by the court order (which inferred that the parties had both previously consented to Valencia) the defender could also select Valencia.
SNG/Alinghi on November 10, 2009, named Valencia as the location for the defense in their Notice of Race (NOR), but also appealed the NYSC decision rejecting RAK. A hearing took place in late November, 2009, and on December 15, 2009, the New York Appellate Court unanimously denied the appeal, ruling out RAK apparently for good. On December 15, SNG's Commodore released a statement that "SNG accepts this decision and Alinghi is looking forward to racing for the America's Cup on the water in Valencia, Spain, in February 2010."
Alinghi had suggested that if they won their appeal, they would move the designated location back to the middle east. The practicalities of transporting and preparing the yachts, however, would have left a rapidly closing window for continuing to wrestle over the venue before the February 8th race date.
|Please note that all dates on this page are set at the order of the NY Supreme Court, and subject to the discretion of the competitors could be changed. They are reported here as we believe to be accurate, but are subject to change or correction at any time. Please confirm all dates before making travel or other arrangements.|
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