Statement from Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesman

Posted on 01 February 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] The five-person International Jury for the 33rd America’s Cup met for the first time today.

Under consideration were five vital requests by GGYC to ensure fair and equitable racing:

• Can the defender unilaterally select wind and wave limits?
• Is Mutual Consent required to select race start times?
• Can wind detection equipment be used?
• Can friction reduction systems be used?
• Are the regatta rules contradictory?

“The fact the hearing lasted from 1100 to 1730 proves that the issues being considered are significant and that the Jury gave the challenger and defender full opportunity to present their cases,” said Ehman.

The meeting was adjourned. International Jury Chairman David Tillett indicated that the findings of his panel will be released tomorrow afternoon.

A further hearing concerning GGYC’s request for redress over measurement will also be heard tomorrow at 1900.

17 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Talk on the street is GGYC wanted a open IJ meeting & SNG didn't. IJ voted made the IJ's meeting open to all. Once again SNG tries to hide what it's doing from the public.

    I don't know how SNG supporters can support such action like this, constant use of secret agreements and NDA's. Can someone explain that to me?

    Tomorrow we will see what the IJ things of what SNG is doing or not doing. It will be interesting and I'm pulling for the IJ to come down on SNG as it's the best thing to do for the AC and the sport.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Definitely, BYM magazine is right: SNG is the last Trustee of the AC!

    http://www.bymnews.com/americas-cup-33/last-trustee.php

  3. JoeCool Says:

    Is it just me or Tom statement saying something like: 'I just came out of a very long meeting so I must be right!' is completely useless and childish?
    Let me use Bart Simpsons words to make it more clear:
    BOOOOOOOOOOORING !!!

  4. Renaud Says:

    En réponse à Tom, de source très bien informée :

    • Can the defender unilaterally select wind and wave limits? YES
    • Is Mutual Consent required to select race start times? NO
    • Can wind detection equipment be used? NO
    • Can friction reduction systems be used? NO
    • Are the regatta rules contradictory? NO

    Ciao Tommy

  5. Gareth Evans Says:

    @ Tommy

    I think you are right and wrong!

    • Can the defender unilaterally select wind and wave limits? Agree YES – the event is run under the SNG rules – there is nothing prohibiting this in the DOG.
    • Is Mutual Consent required to select race start times? Actually it is required – it is in the DOG.
    • Can wind detection equipment be used? NO – according to the latest SIs it is not allowed. Previous editions it was allowed.
    • Can friction reduction systems be used? Actually it is – RRS 53 has been deleted.
    • Are the regatta rules contradictory? NO – Agree

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Yawn

  7. Anonymous Says:

    @Renaud
    You forgot :

    Can USA 17 win a race ? NO

    You are pathetic !

  8. Anonymous Says:

    An open letter to Larry Ellison:

    I realize you’re a very powerful, influential businessman the world over…
    But, with respect, you suck at your “Hobby.”
    Your Hobby involves hundreds of lives and families all over the world.
    Wouldn’t seem a big deal to you since your “Job” also affects
    Lives and families all over the world.
    But that’s the business world, and expected.
    The thing I’m talking about, is your “Hobby”.
    Or shall we say “The one thing you’ve never gotten in your life,
    because you couldn’t buy it.”
    Which subsequently, became your Obsession.
    You’re not very good at your “hobby” are you?
    Almost ten years you’ve tried for the America’s Cup.
    Each time you were unsuccessful.
    And you have spent about $500,000,000.00?
    Is that a fair estimate? Low, I’m guessing.
    I could go on with a big speech, about how to be a boss to a team, about the differences
    between how you have run your 3 campaigns, versus Mr.Berterelli, (whose team, I might
    add, genuinely like working for him).

    I speak from experience with both teams, just so we’re clear I’m not just some rambling, ill-informed blogger.

    I could say more like: You hire terrible leaders for your AC teams. (CD, RC & TE)
    Arrogant, overpaid, selfish men, whom most members of the team dislike and don’t respect.
    RC & TE know it, which is why they have milked these last 2 and a half years for their own benefit.
    I could even ramble onward a bit, but I won’t.
    I would like to ask a favor?
    When this next AC is over, and if you’ve lost, would you please let your obsession go?
    This trophy may never be yours, and it would be great if you could “Man Up” and move on.
    This is a Sporting Event
    It’s meant to be fun!
    And it hasn’t been fun for a long time.
    And more Lawyers would make it worse.
    If you lose, please, Let It Go.
    The sailing community would appreciate it.

    Sincerely,
    me

  9. Anonymous Says:

    anonymous 8:23

    why are you so condescending?
    Yes SNG made mistakes….
    And yes SNG corrected its mistakes by offered a fair multi challenge AC back then.
    It was BOR, and BOR only who had different views, for the simple fact that having already started the construction of its trimaran they wanted badly to prevent a multi challenge that they have never succeeded winning…

    May I tell you something: having a selective memory is of no use to others, so please gain some maturity.

    BTW, if you want to talk about "secrecy", could you explain why the draft "signed" by BOR representatives in Singapore could not be made public ?
    Also remember, the initial ISAF agreement that "so secret". Do you remember how Tom and Co cried fool saying the world had to know what shameful intentions were hidden in that document…
    Now that it has been made public after the court ruled so, tell me just one element that could be remotely "suspicious" in that document…
    Nothing!
    All that was let was the usual BOR BS and the usual rhetoric of Tom the liar.

    If I am an Alinghi fan, before all it is because of the way BOR is looking at the loopholes to gain advantage.
    Shame on BMW to support such a team, and shame on the american lawyers to dictate the sailing world the way they do…

  10. Mark Says:

    Protest hearings are as much about the truth as they are about facts found. Decision are based on facts found. Sometimes the facts and the truth are not the samething.

    Let's sail this thing!
    The only fact I care about is which boat wins 2 races.

    Shut up and sail

  11. Mark Says:

    It’s just you Joe, SNG is wrong and Tom is correct.
    See you all in SF, at the Horse Shoe, (I am buying.)
    If you know Brooke you know what I am talking about.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    to 8:23

    your comment is again another sad try of the BMW Oracle PR departement to damage the reputation of Alinghi. Shame on you and your characterless post

  13. JoeCool Says:

    To Mark:
    Interesting to see that for you it's a good move to come out of an unfinished meeting and run to your office and held a last minute press conference so you can send such a hollow Statement.
    It's a strategy dictators all over the world use: no matter what, it's got to be my opinion that people read first because this will help creating a fake sensation on the public's Peu importe que çà ait déjà été fait,ce ne sera jamais assez dit: Merci Alinghi d'avoir réussi à faire venir la Cup en Europe.Ce soir je me sens proche des Grands: TABARLY et autres PATTISSON: Régattez comme jamais pour garder cet aiguillère si moche,si chargée de symboles sportifs pour les voileux.: "he's got to be right!"… even if it's the usual BOR BS.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    @4:29 AM

    "BTW, if you want to talk about "secrecy", could you explain why the draft "signed" by BOR representatives in Singapore could not be made public ?"

    That is quirte easy to explain. Alinghi insisted on a NDA agreement for the talks in Singapore.

    Regarding the ISAF agreement:
    Well you don't mention that Judge Kornreich issued major modification to the ISAF agreement regardin the coposition and the rights of the IJ and several other points.

    Just the fact that you bring up these points in suggestive questions without providing any facts shows (at best) how little you actually understand of what is going on here

  15. Anonymous Says:

    4:29 AM & 10:23 – Once again Alinghi fans who are uneducated on the AC, it's history, the Deed, NYSC & etc. Please deal with the facts of which are decided in the IJ, Expert Panel & NYSC.

    GGYC when faced with a Defender who cheats has a right & obligation to enforce the rules of the AC & sailing. If you don't not understand this please go do some reading.

    IJ was smart by holding the meeting open. SNG was the only group to refuse but the IJ voted to open the meeting. Like many times before SNG hides for some reason behind NDA's like ISAF & the Singapore Agreements. Now they want to hide from the sailing community at the IJ. Ain't going to happen as many are tired of SNG trying to cheat. They are going to bury themselves as it's so obvious they can't play fair.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Hey JoeCool,

    das ist nun wirklich laecherlich: T.E. wird von dir mit "Diktatoren auf der ganzen Welt" verglichen, nur weil er einen voellig harmlosen, aber informativen Pressetext nach der Anhoerung des IJ veroeffentlicht hat.
    Vielleicht solltes du mal die Kirche im Dorf lassen, eh? You freakin' frog!

  17. Norby Says:

    isn't the internet anonimity a wonder?







 

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