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Queen's Counsel latest inductee into America's Cup Hall of Blame


'Georgia One chases Georgia Racing soon after the start of the 2013 Auckland Cup Day 3'    Richard Gladwell ©    Click Here to view large photo

One of New Zealand's top offshore sailors, and Queens Counsel, Jim Farmer QC, is the latest to be bawled out over comments made on the interweb.

Earlier this week, Farmer penned a piece, that he posted on his sailing team's website www.georgiaracing.co.nz in which he commented on matters America's Cup.

Apparently some in the City by the Bay, took exception to his remarks, made in a personal capacity, and today he posted a follow up. He writes:

The Georgia Racing website, as it is headed, is 'a website for the friends and family of Georgia Racing – Auckland New Zealand'. Its focus is entirely on the racing activities of yachts that sail under the banner of 'Georgia Racing'. Currently, this is the 52 'Georgia' and the 43 'Georgia One', both of which sail now only in New Zealand though in recent years they have also participated in a number of regattas in Australia. Recently a BMW rally car was purchased and is developed for competition in the New Zealand Targa in October. The point I am making, somewhat laboriously, is that Georgia Racing and its website is a local operation with no international pretensions.

Jim Farmer is presented with the inaugural KORC Trophy at the 2007 Sailor of the Year Awards. (The KORC trophy is awarded annually to the top performing Keelboat campaign in NZ). -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
However, clearly unwisely, earlier this week I decided to write a small article about the America’s Cup, past, present and future for those who normally read the website. I guess I have reasonable qualifications for expressing some opinions that might or might not be of interest, having until recently been a director of Team New Zealand Limited since 2004 and also served recently on the special safety committee that was established to investigate the safety of the 2013 edition of the America’s Cup following the death of Andrew Simpson after the Artemis AC72 capsized and broke up in May.

Any examination of the present state of the 2013 Event cannot avoid the central and by far the major issue, namely safety and the steps that have been and are being undertaken to avoid, so far as it is possible to do so, further mishaps and death or injury during the racing that is about to start. Without disclosing any confidential information obtained by the Safety Committee during its investigations, I dealt in my earlier article with that topic. In so doing, I noted that two of the teams have expressed concerns that one of the safety recommendations made by the Regatta Director, Iain Murray, namely changes to the specifications of rudder elevators, would have a performance enhancing effect that would favour Oracle Racing. I was very careful not to endorse that claim and in fact went on to suggest that cries of 'grave injustice' by one protagonist or another need to be considered with care.

Georgia Racing - 2013 Auckland Cup, Day 3 -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
My small, local article, intended for the 'friends and family of Georgia Racing', has however attracted a much wider audience and one team in the America’s Cup Event has interpreted what I said as an attack by me on the Regatta Director and as not supporting the safety measures that he recommended.

I have read and re-read my piece and fail to see how that is a reasonable interpretation of what I wrote.

Certainly I said that I thought that the ETNZ and Luna Rossa protests as to whether the rudder elevator change can be introduced other than by a change to the Class Rule (which requires unanimous consent of the competitors) should be upheld by the International Jury. But that is a matter of legal argument that goes to the interaction between the Class Rule, the Protocol and the Coast Guard’s permit. It says nothing about the merits of the Regatta Director’s safety recommendations.

So that there is absolutely no misapprehension about my position on this latter question, let me first repeat what I said in my earlier article: 'Iain Murray can surely be forgiven for erring on the side of caution in his 37 safety recommendations.' And, in case that is being interpreted as something less than a ringing endorsement of those recommendations, let me say now, loud and clear and in capitals:

Click here to be 'shouted at' ('net-speak for writing in capital letters) by no less than New Zealand's top QC .

Farmer joins a rather select of inductees into the 2013 AC Hall of Blame, currently comprising a couple of award winning sports journalists and Sail-World's erstwhile America's Cup Editor. Others are expected to be added over the course of the 34th America's Cup.


by Richard Gladwell

  

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