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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Judge Dismisses AC35 Case & New Event for Bermuda

A judge in the US District Court in San Francisco has dismissed the final case before the Court relating to the 2013 Americas Cup.

Matthew Mitchell a member of the crew on board Oracle Team USA, was one of five crew named by the International Jury as being involved in boat meddling on the team's one design AC45 in four regattas in the America's Cup World Series in the years preceding the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco.

According to the decision published on Friday, Mitchell lodged his claim too late - two years after the Jury decision, and Justice Vince Chhabria, United States District Judge, dismissed the claim.

'Under every conceivable approach, Mitchell's petition to vacate – filed two years after the award against him – is barred. This is incurable on amendment, and the petition is therefore dismissed with prejudice.'

The case had been brought against the International Jury and the then International Sailing Federation. Earlier, in late September 2016, Mitchell had applied to the Court for the dismissal of World Sailing as a respondent in the claim - his request was granted by the Court.

Meanwhile Oyster Yachts has signed an agreement with the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) to bring one of its world famous regattas to Bermuda in 2018.

The Oyster Bermuda Regatta in May of 2018 will bring about two dozen lavish Oyster Yachts to the Island for a multi-day event consistent with the expectations of affluent Oyster Yacht owners.

BTA CEO Bill Hanbury said: “Very few destinations around the world have the standing to get on the exclusive Oyster events calendar. But with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series on our resume and the 35th America’s Cup on the horizon Bermuda’s profile has raised considerably among the world’s yacht owner community. We’re very excited about the Oyster Bermuda Regatta 2018 and we look forward to working with local partners to deliver a stellar yacht visitor experience.”

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club will coordinate with Oyster on logistics in the lead-up to the event in May 2018, one year after the 35th America’s Cup. An impressive fleet of Oyster Yachts, flying the flags of many countries, will gather for a week of racing by highly experienced sailors on these luxury cruising yachts. The racing will be accompanied by a series of land-based social events that will utilise some of Bermuda’s finest special event venues.
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