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America's Cup go-ahead but rules row continues over safety concerns

by Stuart Alexander on 29 Jun 2013
Oracle Team USA two boat testing in San Francisco Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA © http://www.oracleteamusamedia.com/

Top international Yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander, writing for the Independent (UK) summarises the situation of the America's Cup safety and rules brouhaha over the 37 Safety Recommendations, drafted by regatta Director Iain Murray:

With dispute still raging fiercely over late changes to design specifications, and with less than a week to go until the start of the America’s Cup summer of sailing, the United States Coast Guard’s necessary permit to race on San Francisco Bay has been issued.

Under USCG rules, and with the involvement of the San Francisco Captain of the Port’s office, applicants for event permits are required to submit everything by at the least 135 days before an event is to be staged.

Sticking points for ETNZ and fellow challenger Luna Rossa, carrying the Italian colours of luxury goods house Prada, are three of the 37 which mean that the design parameters issued by Oracle to potential challengers nearly three years ago have been changed with days to go while the defender does not have to appear on the race track in anger until 7 September.

They include changes to the rudder design, which will add drag, and an increase to the minimum weight of the boat by 100kg (220lbs). Part of the research, design, engineering, and build work long done is thereby negated and some expensive, painstaking search for advantage wasted.

The need to make the boats heavier has not been explained; the change to the rudder design is said to increase stability as the boats skim over the water on foils, though it appears that ETNZ and LR have successfully solved that test by their own efforts.

The moves are puzzling a sailing public that is about as trusting of America’s Cup organisations as it is of politicians and sceptical of an event mired in legal battles and a reputation for 'jimmying' the rules.

Even more bizarre is that racing will already have begun before a five-person international jury, chaired by the Australian Dave Tillett and containing two British members, Bryan Willis and John Doerr, meets to consider ETNZ’s complaint that Murray has exceeded his powers by changing the fundamental structure of the game.

Other top experts and jurors have said they would be loathe to interfere in the laid down provisions of an event protocol or the technical rules governing the design of any class of racing yachts.

Nor will the Swedish challenger be ready on time to start racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup trials to find a sole challenger but will be allowed to join in if and when its replacement boat, due to be launched in about a week, comes through all its sea and safety trials successfully.

While the saga continues, many local businesses who have invested in the promise of a financial bonanza outlined in a hugely optimistic economic impact forecast are looking forward to relatively lean times and the promised worldwide television audience will only be able to see some very fast boats in a slowly unfolding event, assuming none of the three challengers incur further debilitating damage.

For the full story http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/sailing/americas-cup-goahead-but-rules-rows-continue-in-wake-of-safety-concerns-8679668.html!click_here

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