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Re: Oracle caught cheating
Maybe I’m the only one who sees it this way but to me this is all just smoke and mirrors.
So fundamentally there were three penalties handed down: First, some sailors got suspended/banned. Second, OTUSA got a penalty of two races so they have to win 11 and the NZ boys have to only win 9. And lastly, a fine of $250K to be paid to a charity. OMG!!! What a calamity!! Worst in AC history.
OK so let’s have a look.
1) The only real connection between AC45 World series and the AC72’s is the shore and sailing crews. So if members of these crews cheated in the first series, they should be sanctioned in all yacht racing for a time, including AC34. Oracle are saying that their lynch pin, the mainsail trimmer, is gone and that is key to their performance. Well yes, maybe he is the best but in testing, the mainsail trimmer on other boat managed to keep up speed wise so he can’t be that far off the pace. And that goes for all the crew that are essentially duplicated so for OTUSA to say they now have to sail with a “rookie” mainsail trimmer is rubbish.
2) In the past 20 years, AC has been won by giant margins, mostly 5 – zip. The fastest boat will win – resoundingly. So if ETNZ can race to 9 and win because they’re faster they will. And if OTUSA can race to 11 and win because they’re faster, they will. The additional two races will not affect the outcome. The boat that doesn’t win will be way behind. Nowhere was that more clearly displayed than the Luna Rossa/ETNZ contest. So the points penalty is rubbish.
3) Uncle Larry probably donates millions to charities each year so now instead of saying to a charity “Here is a donation of $250k for your charity” he can hand over the same cheque and say ”Here is the fine I have to pay according to the AC Jury”. So the fine is rubbish.
Maybe I really am the only one who sees it this way . . . .
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