America’s Cup: Avoid Saudi Arabia or else

Dr. Hamish Ross, a legal advisor for America’s Cup teams who completed a PhD at the University of Auckland on the legal issues surrounding the America’s Cup, has been questioning the actions of the principal characters in the 37th America’ Cup.

Ross has claimed that Team New Zealand’s chosen Challenger of Record, the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), was invalid as the challenge was made in the name of a limited liability company owned by RYS, rather than by the yacht club entity itself, and arguably in breach of the Cup’s governing Deed of Gift.

He also considers the pursuit of Team New Zealand to select an offshore venue to host the competition is extending beyond what is permitted, as one of the options revealed – Jeddah in Saudi Arabia – would be in conflict with a 2009 New York Supreme Court decision regarding venue selections where human rights (as in NY and the US) are not respected…

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