Oracle Team USA deducted five AC72 sailing days for spying on Luna Rossa

Posted on 30 December 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: America's Cup] The International Jury for the 34th America’s Cup has deducted sailing days from ORACLE TEAM USA as the final decision in the espionage case brought against the defender by Italian syndicate Luna Rossa Challenge 2013.

Last week the International Jury announced that it found in favor of Luna Rossa, which alleged that ORACLE TEAM USA had breached part of the Reconnaissance Article (37.2(g)) of the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup by being within 200 meters of the Italian AC72 during a training session in New Zealand in early November.

Citing the importance of the Reconnaissance Article in the Protocol and the importance of a meaningful penalty, today the International Jury announced that it has deducted from ORACLE TEAM USA the final five sailing days, April 26-30, 2013, of the Second AC72 Sailing Period (Feb. 1-Apr. 30, 2013).

The International Jury acknowledged that ORACLE TEAM USA has returned 10 photos as instructed and also levied costs of €11,500 (approximately $15,200) against the team.

The International Jury for the 34th America’s Cup (from left): Josje Hofland, John Doerr, David Tillett, Bryan Willis, Graham MacKenzie. Photo copyright America’s Cup / Gilles Martin-Raget

5 Comments For This Post

  1. Euan Says:

    Wise men indeed, good decision, even-handed appropriate penalty, well taken.

  2. help Says:

    Well done the jury. Good to see a real penalty being handed out. Those 5 days would be tough for anyone but even more so on a team that has not sailed for so long.

  3. Norberto Marcher Mühle Says:

    fair decision, i.m.h.o.

  4. sure Says:

    The way I understand the decision is that OR still gets 45 days of sailing (same as the other teams) but they get 5 days less to do their 45 days of sailing within. Not a big loss really, especially when they have mentioned in one of their videos that they have taken on board and used information they gathered from the other teams boats to improve their boat 2. Basically they know they will be against LR or ETNZ so they overly studied them and are designing their boat 2 to beat the ETNZ platform. I might be wrong though, it happen once.

  5. sure Says:

    Oh here is the where they mention using the information they get.!
    from 1:15 to 1:31
    I love the slight smile on his face as he is saying it!


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