Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Gladwell's Line- 'S' Words at the Opening Media Conference + Video

by Richard Gladwell on 6 Sep 2013
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 © http://photo.americascup.com

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.

Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearZhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Gladwell's Line - Emirates Team NZ launches shadow AC50
Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC4 Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC45S - as the test boats are called in the Protocol which governs the 2017 event. The bloated Protocol, which now runs to 83 pages of legalese, is restrictive on the size of boat that can be built as a test platform but doesn't restrict the number that can be built.
Posted on 22 Jun
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun
Rio 2016 - Double Olympic medallist on the delights of Guanabara Bay
Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist Bruce Kendall updates on the 2016 Olympic venue at Guanabara Bay. Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist, and now a windsurfer coach, Bruce Kendall has made several trips to the 2016 Olympic venue at Guanabara Bay. He updates on the pollution issue which is clearly not going to be resolved in a couple of months, and also shares his views on the venue from a sailing competition perspective.
Posted on 14 Jun
America's Cup - Artemis win Chicago as Team Japan wins two races
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series got three races away on Super Sunday. After losing the first official day of racing due to light winds and the non-arrival of the onshore breeze, Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series got three races away on Super Sunday. From a racing perspective this was probably the best day of racing yet in the series which counts for points in the Qualifying Series of the America's Cup in 11 months time.
Posted on 12 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates TNZ NZ and Oracle capsize in Chicago Practice
Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA capsized in Practice Racing at the Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago There was action aplenty on Practice Day at Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago, after Emirates Team New Zealand capsized in their match with Oracle Team USA, and then Oracle Team USA capsized later in the day. Team NZ's skipper skipper Glenn Ashby performed some impressive acrobatics ejecting from the AC45 capsize, without injury.
Posted on 11 Jun
America's Cup - Changes proposed to control future Cup options
Changes are being mooted to put the America's Cup on a longer-term footing according to the Daily Telegraph (UK) News that changes are being mooted to put the America's Cup on a longer-term footing is being floated in the Daily Telegraph (UK) by the British Challenger, Land Rover BAR. According to the Telegraph, some of the teams in the 2017 America's Cup are keen to lock-in parameters which would bind successive holders of the a style and frequency for the next America's Cup Match.
Posted on 8 Jun
America's Cup - AC50 construction uncovered - Part 2 - Wings and Costs
Second part of a two-part series looking at the AC50 construction progress at Core Builders Composites Second part of a two-part series looking at the construction progress at Core Builders Composites, and features of the AC50 class which will be used in the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. Tim Smyth takes us on a tour of the CBC facility in Warkworth, and hour's drive north of Auckland. Where several AC50's, components and wingsails are under construction or have already been shipped to the teams.
Posted on 5 Jun
America's Cup - AC50 building program well underway at Core Builders
For the first time in America’s Cup history, Sail-World can publish photos of America’s Cup yachts during construction. With the forthcoming America's Cup in Bermuda just under 12 months away, production of the wingsails and AC50 one design hulls and components are well underway at Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, about an hour north of Auckland. For the first time in America’s Cup history, Sail-World can publish photos of America’s Cup yachts during construction.
Posted on 3 Jun
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