America’s Cup is back on collision course

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The Independent Online

The America’s Cup is back on collision course after a New York Supreme Court judge put the latest legal challenge from the Americans, Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle, against the Swiss defender, Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi, into the pending basket.

Justice Shirley Kornreich said she had not set a hearing date for an argument that the giant Swiss catamaran is illegal because the sails are made in the United States.

She did not rule out an earlier hearing, but she indicated that it may not take place until after the best of three races against Oracle’s wing-masted trimaran, scheduled to begin off Valencia a week on Monday, 8 February, is completed.

In Miami, at the Rolex Olympic classes regatta, the British trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin swept the French opposition aside by 3-0 to earn their place in the women’s match race final against a United States trio skippered by Anna Tunnicliffe. Ed Wright and Giles Scott maintain their one-two domination of the Finn singlehander and Nick Thompson continues to head the Laser fleet, with Alison Young lying second in the women’s Radial division.

Nic Asher and Eliot Willis slipped to third in the men’s 470 dinghy class while Nick Dempsey climbed to fifth in the men’s windsurfer as Bryony Shaw slipped a place to sixth among the women.