Please select your home edition
Edition
MS Amlin 2017 Name Change 728x90

ORACLE TEAM USA penalised and fined ahead of the 34th America's Cup

by 34th America's Cup media 4 Sep 2013 07:21 BST 3 September 2013
ORACLE TEAM USA have had two races deducted going into the 34th America's Cup © Guilain Grenier / ORACLE TEAM USA

International Jury decisions issued on ORACLE TEAM USA AC45 yachts

An inquiry by the Measurement Committee and International Jury on modifications that ORACLE TEAM USA made to their AC45 yachts in 2012 ended today with a report issued by the International Jury.

Three team members have been excluded from participating in the regatta. The team has also been deducted two points from its score in the upcoming America's Cup Finals beginning September 7. They have also been fined US$250,000.

In August the team voluntarily withdrew retroactively from the 2012/2013 AC45 regattas in question.

The International Jury confirmed that only a handful of individuals were involved, and that all members of senior management of ORACLE TEAM USA — including skippers Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie, CEO Russell Coutts, General Manager Grant Simmer and Shore Team Director Mark Turner - were not aware or involved in any way.

To win the America's Cup, a team must score nine points, the highest ever number in the competition's 162 year-old history. The defender now starts with a deficit score of minus-2 and must win 11 races to retain the trophy. Emirates Team New Zealand, the challenger, is unaffected and must win 9 races as before.

The highly anticipated 34th America's Cup "September Showdown" between Dean Barker, skipper of challenger Emirates Team New Zealand, and Jimmy Spithill, skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, begins Saturday, September 7th with two races at 1:10pm and 2:10pm Pacific Time.

The race series continues on Sunday the 8th, Tuesday the 10th, Thursday the 12th, Saturday the 14th, and, if necessary the subsequent Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday — each with two races per day at 1:10pm and 2:10pm.

The full International Jury decision can be found under Jury Notices on the America's Cup Official Race Noticeboard.

www.americascup.com

Response from ORACLE TEAM USA

Yesterday, the America's Cup Jury announced that one Team USA sailor, our primary wing trimmer, and two shore crew have been excluded from further participation in the 34th America's Cup. This penalty was assessed because of a rules breach occurring in early 2012, well over a year ago, involving modifications to the team's AC45 yachts, not the larger AC72 yachts that will be used in the America's Cup.

The Jury has also penalized the team by deducting two races from Team USA in upcoming the 34th America's Cup. That means Team USA will have to win 11 races to win the America's Cup while Team New Zealand will only have to win nine races.

"The rules infractions involved only a few of our 130 team members, and were done without the knowledge of either our team's management or the skippers who were driving the boats," said team CEO Russell Coutts. "While we disagree with the unprecedented penalties imposed by the Jury, we have no choice but to make the necessary changes to personnel on our race boat and do our best to use the next four days for the new team to practice and get ready for the start of the 34th America's Cup."

Related Articles

Am Cup: More on the AC 75 foil control system
A second video from Emirates Team New Zealand explaining how the hydraulic system will work A second video from Emirates Team New Zealand explaining how the hydraulic system will work and charge up to enable the the foiling monohull to raise and lower her foils and also how the system will charge up between tacks it takes 15 seconds in the shed. Posted on 18 Sep
Am Cup: Ineos Team UK build capability
Haas Automation has been selected as the official machine tool supplier to Ineos Team UK Haas Automation has been selected as the official machine tool supplier to Ineos Team UK, the British challenger for the America's Cup. In the last 12 months, two other major players in the industry have chosen to plot a course with Haas. Posted on 16 Sep
Two Directors move to Am Cup Event Company
Emirates Team New Zealand has formed a separate company to run the Americas Cup in Auckland in 2021. Emirates Team New Zealand has formed a separate company to run the Americas Cup in Auckland in 2021. Tina Symmans, who has been a director of Emirates Team New Zealand is to be Chair of Americas Cup Event Ltd (ACE). Greg Horton who has also been on the Em Posted on 14 Sep
Team NZ expects at least one more Am Cup Team
Emirates Team New Zealand say they are "dealing with five further possible challengers" Emirates Team New Zealand say they are "dealing with five further possible challengers and although we cannot say with any certainty how many of them will proceed". The comment came in Evidence lodged with the Environment Court, by Emirates Team New Ze Posted on 13 Sep
Images from Cowes: The America's Cup Overture
Images from the America's Cup Overture held in Cowes, Isle of Wight, on August 31. Images from the America's Cup Overture held in Cowes, Isle of Wight, on August 31. The centre piece of the event was a hologram into which various images of the 36th America's Cup were injected. Posted on 12 Sep
America's Cup Planning Hearing finishes early
Am Cup Planning Hearings end with Challenger of Record opposed to see-through bases The Environment Court has finished a Hearing for the construction of new America's Cup facilities in Auckland. The Challenger of Record refuses to sign Design Requirements for Bases to have windows so interiors can be viewed by fans and team spies Posted on 11 Sep
America's Cup Hall of Fame makes four Inductions
America's Cup Hall of Fame inducted John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson, Syd Fischer, and Ken McAlpine The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame inducted John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson, Syd Fischer, and Ken McAlpine into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on August 31, 2018 at the Royal Yacht Squadron, in Cowes, England. Posted on 1 Sep
Emirates Team NZ's Coach explains the AC36 courses
Emirates Team New Zealand's coach, Ray Davies gives a conducted tour of each of the new courses Emirates Team New Zealand's coach, Ray Davies takes us on a conducted tour of each of the course areas to be used for the 2021 America's Cup in Auckland. Posted on 1 Sep
36th America's Cup to be sailed close to shore
The 36th America's Cup will get underway on March 6, 2021 on the inner Hauraki Gulf The 36th Match for the America's Cup will get underway on March 6, 2021 on one of the five course areas designated on the inner Hauraki Gulf. Aside from one area off Takapuna Beach the rest are located around Rangitoto Island an 850ft high volcanic cone. Posted on 31 Aug
Ben Ainslie and Giles Scott sail T5 test boat
Video of the 'small' foiler in action Today INEOS Team UK Team Principal and Skipper Ben Ainslie and Giles Scott will sail the T5 as part of a testing session. On the day that the America's cup began back in 1851, the British Challenger also release the first photos and videos. Posted on 31 Aug