Swiss say Cup race was run improperly

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One of the bitterest chapters in the 159-year history of the America's Cup didn't quite end when the speedy space-age trimaran owned by American software tycoon Larry Ellison routed Alinghi of Switzerland last month in Valencia, Spain.

"From a rules point of view, it is not even clear whether there was truly a race or not on that day," Fred Meyer, vice commodore of Alinghi's backing yacht club, Societe Nautique de Geneve, wrote in an open letter to the club's members.

The last line raised some eyebrows in a sport that had been mired in court: Do the Swiss plan to take some kind of legal action over the race result?

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