NEW YORK — The International 12-Meter Assn. voted Wednesday to continue plans for a 12-meter America's Cup yacht race in 1991, despite a court order that would allow a New Zealand challenge with a much larger boat.
Gianfranco Alberini, chairman of the 32-member association, said the vote was 28-0 with three nations absent and New Zealand abstaining.
"We have invited the two parties, New Zealand and the United States, to sit down and discuss that there might be a solution they could agree upon for 1991," Alberini said after the meeting.
The New York Yacht Club lost the America's Cup to Australian Alan Bond in 1983 in Newport, R.I. Dennis Conner, racing for the San Diego Yacht Club, won it back from an Australian syndicate at Perth last February.
Those races were held in 12-meter yachts, as have all other recent America's Cup races. But on Nov. 25, New Zealand banker Michael Fay won an order in New York State Supreme Court allowing him to challenge next year. The order placed no restriction on the size of the boat, but Fay wants to race in a boat that is 90 feet at the waterline.