So the New York court has eventually decided to ensure that the Golden Gate Yacht Club challenges Alinghi for the 33rd Americas Cup. About time: the place for a yachting trophy is on the water!
Admittedly, the probable format is unlikely to be as interesting as a multi-challenge format. It will be just two boats on the water, and two multihulled monsters at that in just one series. But it will be a test of sailing skill, not of legal wrangling.
What will be interesting is how the remaining challenges will take this. There are some very young ones there – Shosholoza from South Africa, for example. There is also the first British challenge for quite a while.
It would be unfortunate if these teams had to pull out of the following 34th challenge, disheartened by the delay and unable to meet the costs it will inevitably involve.