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. Earlier ONE Sport filed this report on the Geneva Meeting:
America's Cup holders Alinghi and US syndicate BMW Oracle will race each other in huge multihulls for the 33rd edition of sailing's oldest competition next year, the Swiss team said on Friday.
Bad blood has run between the two teams since the 2007 Cup when BMW Oracle took Alinghi to court arguing that the rules its club SNG had set for the next races were illegitimate.
A New York court upheld the US challenge this month which, under America's Cup rules, means that BMW Oracle takes on the role of lead challenger so could take Alinghi on head-to-head or open up the regatta to other teams.
BMW Oracle, bankrolled by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, at first challenged Alinghi to race alone in multihulls - likely to be monster 90x90ft trimarans.
On Thursday its home club, the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said it had now proposed a conventional America's Cup in monohulls but that Alinghi had said no. GGYC said it hoped the teams would meet again soon.
'They started by saying they wanted multihull, now they want monohull. We have spent millions of euros on a multihull which is still under construction but ready to sail soon,' Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth told Reuters.
After two-hour talks between the two teams, Alinghi said it would be open to changes to the format, venue or date of the 33rd Cup and added the race could slip to 2011.
'If they or other teams need more time to prepare, we are more than happy to extend the time,' four-times America's Cup winner Butterworth said.
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