sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Gladwell's Line: 'S' Words at the Opening Media Conference + Video
Gladwell's Line: 'S' Words at the Opening Media Conference + Video


'34th America’s Cup - Final Match openning Press Conference with members of Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand; John Kostecki (tactician ORACLE Team USA), James Spithill (skipper ORACLE Team USA), The America’s Cup Trophy, Dean Barker (skipper Emirates team New Zealand), Glen Ashby (Wing Trimmer Emirates Team New Zealand)'    ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman©    Click Here to view large photo

The Media Conference to open the 34th America's Cup was a stunning affair.

Maybe my brain was still mush after what turned out to be an 18 hour journey from Auckland, plus getting only four hours sleep before making my way down to the San Francisco Waterfront and Pier 29(?) which houses the Media Centre.

Checking through accreditation was quick and efficient. Although it was task planned for yesterday, had the journey taken the 11 hours expected.

The Media Centre itself is an excellent facility, custom built, new and purpose designed for the event.

We arrived late, my son was with me, and the Media Conference had just started.

The opening questions were focused on the recent International Jury Decision concerning the measurement tampering by Oracle Team USA members.

Having had plenty of time on the flight, I had taken the time to read the full Jury Decision. Fourteen pages of it on just the Article 60 Hearings and about 11 pages on the Rule 69 findings and Recommendations.

It is an appalling litany of slow extraction of the truth, and even then one got the feeling the Jury had never really got to the bottom of the matter, but had seen enough and had to produce a Decision.

At the Media Conference Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill stuck to the team line that they were 'shocked' by the Decision.



That is a very courageous stance to take when three of your team-mates are under report by the International Jury to their home sailing bodies, Yachting New Zealand and the Dutch sailing federation. Two of those at least could have their incomes severely compromised as sailors facing suspensions from the sport.

'Sorry' might have been a better word to have used than 'Shocked'.

But Spithill stuck to his guns through out the half-hour media session, saying it was tough for the team to only know who was sailing with them four days before the event. That wasn't the Jury's fault, it was Spithill's teams fault. They were the ones who had delayed Hearing to get lawyers present. They were the ones who have had two team members reported by the Jury for not telling the truth.

As has been said in this commentary before, the team would have been better advised to make clean breast of it, get the matter out of the way and get on with life. It's a bit like getting caned at school. You very quickly learn that arguing that black is white only makes a bad situation worse.

Instead the denials continue, and this for five incidents which the International Jury reported in their typically understated way 'the seriousness of the breaches cannot be undertstated.' That is as bad as it gets.

The rest of the conference continued in a similar vein.

The word 'Sorry' was not mentioned. It would have gone a long way to removing the shadow that hangs over the the US team in the eyes of many. But from what we saw today, sadly that view is not shared by the team themselves.

34th America’s Cup - Final Match - Opening Press conference - Dean Barker and Jimmy Spithill for the America’s Cup -  © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA   Click Here to view large photo


by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=114103

7:35 PM Thu 5 Sep 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup

Related News Stories:

06 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Changes in attitudes? No, same old platitudes.
06 Sep 2013  America's Cup - Battle royale commences this weekend
05 Sep 2013  Red Bull Youth AC: New Zealand wins top two places
05 Sep 2013  Red Bull Youth AC - Photos of day three by Chuck Lantz
04 Sep 2013  More photos of the Youth AC in San Francisco from Chuck Lantz
04 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Oracle practices on SF bay - photos by Chuck Lantz
04 Sep 2013  34th America’s Cup - Oracle Team USA reveals new lineup
04 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA announces Jury assisted crew selection
04 Sep 2013  NZL Sailing Team with ETNZ dominate the RBYAC on Day 3
04 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Cheating doesn't pay but cheats do
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



















Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Oleander takes early lead by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






2014 Detroit Cup - Sam Gilmour leads by Dobbs Davis, Detroit, Michigan








Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,




2014 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship - Day 2
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; MC38s Lindeman Island Race VIDEO
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Ready to rock
IFDS Worlds - Wind delays, but racing continues in Halifax
IFDS World Championships - Day 2 images by Jude Robertson
MS Cup - Three days until the start
America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature
ISAF seeking hosting bids for Nations Cup
Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds - Luvisetto and Alexadr Boite victorious +Video
IFDS World Championships - Action shots by Tim Wilkes
Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia
World Yacht Racing Forum 2014: 'Growing the business of Yacht Racing'
Clipper Race: 2015-16 edition of world's longest ocean race 70% full
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Swish smash 5th World Record
Leaderboards take shape at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014
IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature   
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3   
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.   
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled   
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium   
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets   
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace   
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images   
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships   
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people   
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT