Coutts endorses return to traditional America's Cup

A commitment to make the America's Cup a challenger-driven event and a tentative opening of the door, if only by an inch or two, to a negotiated settlement of the bitter legal struggle between the American challenger, Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle, and the Swiss defender, Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi was made by Russell Coutts, Ellison's skipper and ceo, yesterday.

Russell Coutts talks to Stuart Alexander about his America's Cup hopes



Speaking ahead of racing in the RC44 Slam regatta at Italy's Lake Garda, Coutts said: "I would like to think there was a chance for discussion to help move things forward as quickly as possible."

Both sides are hoping for a decision from the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court before it goes into summer recess on whether Alinghi can re-open attempts to prevent BMW Oracle being the sole challenger and setting a date for the best-of-three event in giant multihulls sanctioned earlier by Judge Hermann Cahn.

It is unlikely that any talks would be held before the court decision. There was a previous attempt to hold talks between the two sides at the Geneva yacht club through which Bertarelli challenged to win the Cup in 2003 in Auckland and successfully defend it in Valencia last year.

The talks lasted barely half an hour with little sign of willingness to give ground on either side. Coutts has also consistently said that BMW Oracle and the San Francisco-based Golden Gate Yacht Club would like to return to the previous format for the 157-year old event. "We want to get on with a multi-challenger conventional America's Cup," he said.

He was clear that it should be challenger driven, so that before any format was published, talks would be held with the up to a dozen teams waiting in the wings for the private war to be settled.

Coutts said he favoured a return to monohulls, as multihulls could be too expensive for many, but if the challengers wanted multihulls that decision would have to be considered.

Out on the water, Ellison was revelling in a 10 to 14-knot southerly which was near perfect for the match racing section the nine boats are scheduled to complete today before moving into three days of fleet racing.

But he and his seven crew, were not having everything their own way. They ended the day with three wins and three losses as Cameron Appleton and Sebastien Col shared the lead with five wins out of six.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
Ukip leader Nigel Farage arrives at the Rochester by-election count
voicesIs it any wonder that Thornberry, Miliband, and Cameron have no idea about ordinary everyday life?
Sport
sportComment: Win or lose Hamilton represents the best of Britain
Life and Style
tech
Sport
Arsene Wenger reacts during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Swansea
footballMan United and Arsenal meet on Saturday with both clubs this time languishing outside the top four
News
i100BBC political editor Nick Robinson had a lot of explaining to do
Life and Style
Nappies could have advice on them to encourage mothers and fathers to talk to their babies more often
newsTalking to babies can improve their language and vocabulary skills
Sport
Tony Bellew holds two inflatable plastic sheep at the weigh-in for his rematch with Nathan Cleverly
boxingGrudge match takes place on Saturday night
Arts and Entertainment
Mark Ronson at PS1
arts + ents
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines