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Americas' cup: Oracle guilty of spionage
Larry Ellison's America's Cup sailing team has been accused by its Italian competitor of spying, a practice as old as the 161-year-old America's Cup trophy that's the prize on the San Francisco Bay this summer.
Luna Rossa, the Italian team, contends in its formal protest to an international jury of sailing experts that Oracle Team USA sent a spy in an inflatable boat to take pictures of its 72-foot catamaran during training runs last month on the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand.
Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing Accused Of Spying To Gain America's Cup Advantage
The International Jury for the 34th America’s Cup said it found Oracle Team USA, the team owned by Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, guilty of spying on a rival team.
The Italian team, Luna Rossa, accused Oracle’s team of being within 200 meters of the Italian boat during a training session last November.
The jury said that as punishment Oracle’s team returned 10 photos of the Italian boat, fined the team $15,200 and cut five days off the period in which it is allowed to train with its 72-foot catamaran.
Larry Ellison?s America?s Cup team found guilty of spying on Italian rival - San Francisco Business Times
Oracle Team USA have been left off lightly by the International Jury, who have announced their penalty for spying within the 200 metre radius permitted in the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup. ...
Both Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand sought far more substantial penalties, with each giving several options - none of which was taken on board by the International Jury.
Sail-World.com : America's Cup: Oracle let off lightly on spying penalty