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Oracle was discovered to have improperly placed lead weights in the bow struts of all three of its 45-foot catamarans in the ACWS, including one that was loaned to BAR J.P. Morgan and skippered by British Olympic hero Ben Ainslie.
The rules governing placement of weights are meticulous because they can affect boat handling and performance. Oracle officials insisted they had no knowledge of the violations until they were discovered while the boats were being prepared for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September.
Coupled with a spying infraction against Oracle last year, however, the violations are a black eye for the American team owned by Larry Ellison. The disclosures represent still another setback for an America’s Cup that has been dogged by a scarcity of challengers, a wreck that cost the life of a sailor and a dismal competition that so far hasn’t had a single close race.
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10. Upon receipt of the Report from OTUSA, and the MC reporting that ‘The modifications appear to be intentional efforts to circumvent the limitations of the AC45 class rule, and are therefore serious in nature’, the Jury has commenced an investigation under Racing Rules of Sailing (America’s Cup Edition) Rule 69, and Protocol Article 60. This investigation is ongoing.
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