The Maltese team, Malta Altus Challenge, more than likely, will be forced to refuse to participate in the 36th Cup of “America”. And to blame the bosses of the new York yacht club.

The story is as follows. Today published the arbitration verdict of the jury of the America’s Cup, considered the question of whether to allow to participate in the 36th draw of those three teams that have applied for participation after the allowed time. The jury decided: all three teams – Malta Altus Challenge, DutchSail and Stars & Stripes – should be allowed, except that they will have to pay a fine.

In fact, the jury verdict could not stand. Question a month ago I decided, after discussing the situation, the organizers of the draw – heads of the defender of the Cup, the new Zealand Emirates Team New Zealand and notebooks of the Italian Challenger Luna Rossa. And in turn decided to allow it.

The incident seemed to have been exhausted, but then stepped bosses of the new York yacht club. In fact, they said that their team American Magic additional rivals to anything: the less competition the better. And demanded that the jury verdict is still out.

For the month of uncertainty until the team was forced to wait for the decision, Maltese has lost several important contracts. So the new York yacht club, apparently partly succeeded. As I write today, foreign sailing publications, now there are serious doubts that one of the teams – Malta Altus Challenge – able in 2021 to reach the start of the America’s Cup.

It is unlikely, it can be called truly sporty, gentlemanly behavior.

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