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No further action in AC45 cheating row

The Commissioners appointed by Yachting New Zealand to look into the actions of the two New Zealanders, named by the International Jury for the America's Cup, in the boat tampering in the AC45 class prior to the 34th America's Cup, have decided that no further action be taken against them.

The two New Zealanders named by the International Jury for the America's Cup were Andrew Walker and Matt Mitchell. They were subject to an investigation under the auspices of their national body Yachting New Zealand.

But, the two Commissioners were critical of the way the hearings in the USA were conducted, citing the asking of leading questions and the procedural decisions made by the America's Cup Jury.

They also questioned why others identified in the International Jury evidence presented were not also named in their Decision and penalised, despite admitting filling a kingpost on Boat BAR with resin. And other OTUSA members who were in a position of authority including giving directions to shore crew members.