13 Jul 2013

Jury rules against America's Cup race director

12:13 pm on 13 July 2013

The America's Cup jury has ruled against the Regatta Director, saying he needs the unanimous consent of the competitors to make any changes to the boats at the regatta in San Francisco.

Regatta Director Iain Murray had proposed a number of safety changes to the boats following the death of Artemis sailor Andrew Simpson.

Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa protested Murray's proposal arguing that he exceeded his jurisdiction in seeking to unilaterally introduce changes to the AC 72 Class Rule.

Team New Zealand says they believe the jury's decision does not affect the substance of the safety plan submitted to the US Coast Guard and that most of the 37 safety recommendations have become rules by amendments to the Protocol and the Racing Rules of sailing.

Team New Zealand say they'll fully support the Regatta Director in his efforts to run a safe regatta and will 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.

Team New Zealand say they've been fully compliant with all 37 safety recommendations in its two races to date in San Francisco.

Artemis Racing is the only team to have said it cannot comply with both the Class Rule and the safety recommendations.