3 Oct 2009

Oracle rejects 'unsafe' UAE venue for America's Cup

7:36 am on 3 October 2009

The US team Oracle has rejected the choice of Gulf emirate Ras al-Khaimah as the venue for its February duel with America's Cup defender Alinghi, describing it as "illegitimate and unsafe" due to its proximity to Iran.

It called on the New York Supreme Court to order the race instead be held in the Spanish Mediterranean port of Valencia.

Alinghi and Oracle have been engaged in a two-year legal battle over the next America's Cup since the Swiss team won the last edition of yachting's premier event in 2007.