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Time to get America’s Cup back on the water


SAILING-AMERICAS/Sometimes you have to wonder if it wouldn’t be better for everyone concerned if Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli slugged it out in the boxing ring rather than the courts to decide who should lift the America’s Cup.

Despite huge sums they’ve poured into designing, building and testing the most outrageously hi-tech sailing machines imaginable, there’s certainly no sign of the two billionaires getting anywhere near competing for yachting’s most prestigious prize on the water.

In the latest twist to the long-running legal battle between them, Bertarelli’s defending team Alinghi — which was until April this year sponsored by Swiss bank UBS (big thanks to Valencia Sailing for pointing this fact out and to UBS for confirming it) — announced that the venue for the 33rd America’s Cup would be the warm and sunny seas off Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.

For a few hours, sailing fans could dream of a sailing spectacular next February, when Ellison’s BMW Oracle team – sailing under the colours of the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) – is due to take on Alinghi in what has become one of the all time grudge matches in sailing.BMW Oracle