Sail-World New Zealand: April 10, 2014 - Cup Kiwis free at last?
Welcome to Sail-World.com New Zealand for April 10, 2014
|Oracle Team USA competed with two out of class AC45's in four America's Cup World series Regattas Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA © |
Late this afternoon, Yachting New Zealand released its report into the actions of two New Zealanders named by the America's Cup Jury as being involved in the boat tampering in the America's Cup World Series.
They were two of five named in the Jury decision, handed down just four days before the start of the 34th America's Cup. That decision resulted in Oracle team USA's wingsail trimmer, Dirk de Ridder being excluded from the regatta, and the America's Cup Defender, being penalized a vital two points.
While the decision of the Yachting New Zealand Commissioners, not to proceed further against the two NZers, is not a surprise – their questioning of aspects of the International Jury's process and decision, certainly is.
We carry an analysis and backgrounder on the report and decision, along with the full 27 page decision itself.
|The strict one -design AC45's lined up ahead of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. Oracle Team USA's illegal alterations took their boat out of class ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © |
It is not clear what will happen next. One of those named by the America's Cup Jury, Dirk de Ridder (NED) has already been interviewed and judged by the ISAF, however that decision is believed to be the subject of an Appeal.
It remains to be seen as to whether the ISAF decide to act on the two New Zealanders.
Today's report would seem to be sufficiently innocuous in its conclusions, that further action is not required.
However the fact remains that the International Jury found that two of the five it named, lied to it, which is a very serious matter, and one which can and should be pursued by the ISAF. To a lesser extent the allegations involve tampering with one-design classes, that also goes to the core of the sport.
Yachting New Zealand is also in the news over a statement issued by it yesterday over the National Ocean Water Sports Centre – a term it now uses interchangeably with National Sailing Centre.
|One of the illegal AC45's sailing in the America's Cup World Series events in Naples ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © |
While most sailors would support the concept of a National Sailing Centre, many of those living around the Takapuna Beach area have very strong opinions on the use of the Camping Ground/Northern Reserve for such a purpose.
Yachting NZ were not successful for an application to have a hard stand area established in the Northern Reserve, with the then Community Board deciding it wasn't urgent and could be deferred until a draft management plan for the Takapuna Beach area was decided.
In that plan, while the NOWSC/National Sailing Centre was considered, but it was not deemed to be an approved activity, meaning that if YNZ wished to pursue the option they would have to go through a Resource Consent process.
|Phil Robertson (r.) presses Durant at start - The Congressional Cup 2014 Rich Roberts|
That is yet to be lodged, and it will be interesting to see the reception YNZ get from a new less supportive Community Board, and revitalized opponents. In its favour is the fact that the Consent will be considered on its merits, and not in the context of a grand pland for the whole of Takapuna Beach.
This week also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Congressional Cup, widely regarded as the parent event for the sport of Match Racing.
Founded and held at the Long Beach Yacht Club, the Congressional Cup has long stayed true to its core values, and while initially part of the World Match Racing Tour, the event remained true to its principles and declined to bend to accommodate the international requirements of that Tour. The Con Cup, as it is affectionately known, has retained its unique character and as anyone knows who has participated in a Congressional Cup, the regatta is an unforgettable experience.
|Adam Minoprio (second from left) with the Luna Rossa team competing at the 50th Congressional Cup Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 |
We have reports on the 2014 event in this edition, plus we are featuring live coverage on our website. Racing starts at 7.00am NZT
Competing in the Congressional Cup is former world match racing champion, in fact the youngest winner of the tour, Adam Minoprio (NZL). Previously with Emirates Team New Zealand, Minoprio has switched to the Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, and is in the role of tactician to skipper Francesco Bruni.
|50th Anniversary Congressional Cup - 2014 Rich Roberts|
We carry a report on the Luna Rossa Team and Adam Minoprio in this edition, and will be following his progress with interest, along with that of the New Zealand crew led by Phil Robertson.
|Congressional Cup 2014 Long Beach Yacht Club ©|
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|Maxi trimaran IDEC and her skipper Francis Joyon in Bordeaux for their standby prior to sail for a new record between France and Brazil on April 04, 2014 © Manuel Blondeau / DPPI |
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