The International Jury has issued its decision in applications brought by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge regarding Safety Rules implemented by the Regatta Director.
The Jury decided that the AC72 Class Rule can be changed only by unanimous consent of the competitors and the Regatta Director. The Regatta Director is ordered to withdraw RN189. To the extent that the Measurement Committee has acted as if RN189 has amended the Class Rule, the Measurement Committee is ordered to apply the Class Rule as it existed before the issue of RN189.
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In a statement issued by ETNZ following the decision: Emirates Team New Zealand is pleased the jury has maintained the sanctity of the AC72 Class Rule in ruling that it can be changed only by unanimous consent of the competitors and the Regatta Director.
Emirates Team New Zealand will fully support the Regatta Director in his efforts to run a safe regatta and to this end would welcome the opportunity to meet with the US Coast Guard and the Regatta Director to clarify any adjustments which may need to be made to the safety plan.
Emirates Team New Zealand has been fully compliant with all 37 safety recommendations in its two races to date in San Francisco. Luna Rossa will be compliant when it races today and Oracle has said that it will be ready to race on September 7 no matter what the rules are.
Artemis Racing is the only team to have said it cannot comply with both the Class Rule and the safety recommendations.
We have proposed that when Artemis is ready to race they be given dispensation from the Class Rule regarding rudder elevators so long as they otherwise comply with the Class Rule and the safety recommendation. This would require the consent of the other competitors and we would strongly urge this be given.
Regatta Notices 188 & 189 issued by the Regatta Director were at the heart of the ETNZ and Luna Rossa protests that in issuing Regatta Notice 189 the Regatta Director exceeded his jurisdiction in that he has no power to amend the Class Rule.
In the days Round Robin race 3, Luna Rossa Challenge requested to sail the five-leg America’s Cup course, the configuration intended for the Louis Vuitton Cup Final and the America’s Cup Final. The target elapsed time is 25 minutes, or around 10 nautical miles.
Artemis Racing (SWE) was still carrying out stress tests on its AC72 and did not race, Luna Rossa Challenge completed the course to claim the win.
11 July 2013 20:43 GMT