Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Americas Cup- High Noon at the America's Cup Corral

by Richard Gladwell on 4 Jul 2013
Iain Murray press conference about safety ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/

Pierre Orphanidis of European sailing website, www.vsail.info, is in San Francisco for the start of the 34th America's Cup Regatta. He attended the Media Conference held at 9.30 am Pacific team (4.30am NZT), by Regatta Director, Iain Murray

The conference was called against the very tense background of two weeks of commentary and at times criticism of the process adopted by Iain Murray in implementing the 37 Recommendations drafted by him after a safety review. The Protocol for the America's Cup requires any rule changes to be agreed by the unanimous vote of all teams.

That has not happened on one to three of the categories, and the matter has been taken to the International Jury by two of the teams seeking to have the terms of the Protocol enforced.

Murray did not address his reasons for the course that he had followed, which effectively bypassed the Protocol. It was clear that he had taken a pragmatic view of the situation and the obligations he has shouldered in regards to safety. Further he has applied his views in terms of his experience as a yacht designer to amplifying the Recommendations into Rules and also the Coastguard permit.

The story run from vsail.info also contains the audio of the Media Conference, and a lot of very interesting comment, which are too detailed to expand, in this story.

The out take from the media session will be that the issues will go to the International Jury on Monday July 8, 2013 who will make a Decision. It may be that their Decision is that the matter goes back to the teams to vote on the AC72 Class Rule changes, as the Protocol requires.

If the teams are able to agree on the changes, or a version of the changes that is acceptable (or equally unacceptable), then the Regatta should proceed, and if required the US Coastguard will be notified of a possible amendment to the Class Rules, as provided to adjust their Permit.

If the teams are unable to agree on the AC72 Class Rule Changes, Murray will go back to the US Coastguard saying that there is a more substantial change to the Recommendations that he is submitted, and that in his view the Regatta is not safe.

It would then be expected that the US Coastguard will withdraw their Permit and the America's Cup Regatta would not take place.

Pierre Orphanidis writing in vsail.info reports:

The war of words keeps unabated in San Francisco, a mere four days before the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup. It was Iain Murray’s, America’s Cup Regatta Director, turn today to express extremely strong words against Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, accusing the two teams of 'taking advantage of Andrew Simpson’s death'.

It was a very long media conference, with Murray often going into very technical details that I admit I couldn’t follow. The heated exchange of accusations from both sides is the latest chapter in a poker, typical of an America’s Cup, and listening to Max Sirena and Iain Murray one can easily think that the other is a bald faced liar, twisting the truth. Regardless of the truth, I wouldn’t like to be in Murray’s place. He seems to be in a difficult position, out there on his own with the wolves.

With the use of the online player you can listen to the entire audiocast, so I think it is far more important to stick to the most important and relevant facts that can affect the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

http://www.vsail.info/2013/07/03/iain-murray-americas-cup-regatta-director-addresses-the-media-on-the-rudder-issue!click_here to read the full story



T Clewring AC72North Technology - Southern SparsInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May