29 May 2010

Team New Zealand fuming after penalty costs them a race

12:16 pm on 29 May 2010

The Louis Vuitton Trophy jury has dismissed a Team New Zealand protest against a decision that cost the team a race against BMW Oracle.

Team New Zealand was well placed to win the round robin match in the Louis La Maddalena regatta when the umpires awarded a penalty against the team on the final run.

Having forced a penalty on BMW Oracle early in the pre-start, to win Dean Barker only had to stay close and out of trouble throughout the race.

The umpires claimed Team New Zealand had contravened an amendment to the sailing instructions which stipulated a minimum two-tonne pressure must be kept on the forestay at all times.