Leaders of New Zealand's sailing syndicate say contesting the America's Cup in their monohull against Sail America's catamaran will be "a bloody farce," and they aren't even thinking about doing it in San Pedro Bay.
"We are shipping our boat to San Diego," spokesman Peter Debreceny said by phone from Auckland Wednesday.
Also, the syndicate's New York lawyer, George Tompkins, said: "If on the day of the first race we're in San Diego and they're in San Pedro, we'd go to court the next day and ask for forfeiture of the Cup.
"Common sense would dictate that the defense has to be in (what is considered to be) the home waters of the defender at the time the challenge is issued."
Otherwise, Tompkins says, the defender need only wait until the challenger, as required, commits his boat design to the anticipated conditions, then move to a venue with different conditions--precisely what Sail America plans to do.