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America’s Cup defender faces cheating accusations


Boat 2 First Sail / SFO April Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 24-04-2013

As the chase for the America’s Cup continues in San Francisco Bay, a buildup of bad news could make for an ugly finish to the fabled yacht regatta.

On the heels of troubles from a series plagued by soaring boat costs, a scarcity of challengers, a crash that killed a crewmember, intense rules disagreements and one-sided races comes a cheating scandal.

“You can’t actually get to any other point than the fact they were cheating,’’ Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think it’s really serious.’’

Dalton’s accusation is aimed squarely at Oracle Team USA, the defender in the America’s Cup, led by sail racing legend Russell Coutts.

Having already admitted rules violations during the America’s Cup World Series, a warm-up to this year’s regatta, the team has been described by a Cup committee as having made “an intentional effort’’ to circumvent the rules.

Bob Fisher, a sailing expert and America’s Cup historian, told the Chronicle that Oracle could wind up forfeiting one or more race wins in the best-of-17 America’s Cup finals or be thrown out of the regatta altogether.

“It depends on how strongly the jury feels about it,” Fisher said.

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Originally posted on Trade Only.

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  1. The Cup + The most advanced Technologies employed plus ongoing R&D&A involved, are not as beneficial for commercial use and only for the SPORT in RACING, so risking penalties is not recommended for related investment, pride and joy of racing under most advanced computing and control over modern sailing of strictly for racing yachts.
    History demonstrate no justification for ‘unfair dishonorable’ conduct in major public sports.

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