Or an Ace?

Barely were the electronic dipoles lined up on Google's servers for the last story, when what might be an ace came fizzing back over the net towards Alinghi and the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) (ok, ok... I promise, enough with the tennis metaphor already).

The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) have sent a final, all-points-covered-no-further-argument settlement offer to SNG, which the accompanying press release says has the backing of a majority (four, I think we can guess who's missing) of the Challengers. The deadline is the same as SNG's earlier demand for GGYC to drop the lawsuit - end of play today. And now we all know exactly what SNG/Alinghi are being asked to do, for GGYC to fold their hand on the court action.

In particular, the demand for two-boat testing has been dropped, which had previously been cited as the real deal breaker by Alinghi. And to an outsider observer, it's hard to see what's in this document that Alinghi can't agree to.... but have a look and see what you think. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking...


Mark Chisnell ©