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September 3rd
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The guy above is probably not very happy right now. His mega-million team Oracle USA will start the America’s Cup match on Saturday (winner is first to 9) at -2. Ouch.

So it turns out that the International Jury did not look at all kindly on clandestine and witting modifications of the strict one design AC45 class.

Here’s the Jury Notice. Read the whole thing to feel the full ire of the Jury regarding the mendacity and culpability of Oracle team members, as well as the details of what each team member did. But here are the punishments (beyond the 2 point America’s Cup match penalty):

DECISIONS ON PENALTIES

105. Bryce Ruthenberg: Bryce Ruthenberg is excluded from further participation in any role in the 34th
America’s Cup. RRSAC rule 69.1(c) requires the Jury to inform his National
Authority (Australian Yachting Federation) and the International Sailing Federation,
which bodies may impose further penalties; however, in view of his full, frank and
early admissions, the Jury will recommend that no further action be taken.

106. Andrew Walker: Andrew Walker is excluded from further participation in any role in the 34th
America’s Cup. RRSAC rule 69.1(c) requires the Jury to inform his National
Authority (Yachting New Zealand) and the International Sailing Federation, which
bodies may impose further penalties.

107. Kyle Langford: In light of his age and inexperience in an America’s Cup environment, the fact that
he had no involvement in the work done and his truthfulness during the hearing,
together with his sincere efforts to acquaint himself with the Class Rules since the
matter came to light, Kyle Langford is warned to use his best endeavours not to be
involved with any activity that may be in breach of a rule in the future. The Jury is
not required to make a report to any federation.

108. Matt Mitchell: Matt Mitchell is excluded from sailing on a Yacht competing in the Match for the
34th America’s Cup until 4 races have been completed. RRSAC Rule 69.1(c)
requires the Jury to inform his National Authority (Yachting New Zealand) and the
International Sailing Federation, which bodies may impose further penalties;
however, the Jury will recommend that no further action be taken.

109. Dirk de Ridder: Dirk de Ridder is excluded from further participation in any role in the 34th
America’s Cup. RRSAC Rule 69.1(c) requires the Jury to inform his National
Authority (Koninklijk Nederlands Watersport Verbond) and the International Sailing
Federation, which bodies may impose further penalties.

Blam! Okay, on to the Match.

One Response to “Oracle Team USA Hammered For AC45 Rules Breach”

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