letter from Giovanni Maspero, owner of Joe Fly, following incidents at
the recent Farr40 World Championship in Miami (Usa)


Farr40 Worlds finished just a few days ago. The winners, as everyone knows,
were Mascalzone Latino, who win the competition for the third time in
a row, a unique achievement reflecting the qualities of a team of yachtsmen.
Their victory came not at the finish line, on the water, but following
a protest that the Mascalzone Latino Team made against us, the Joe Fly
Team: a protest by a 3rd party that sees another boat, Joe Fly, allegedly
commit an infringement against yet another boat, Barking Mad.

This is all part of the game I think. The anomaly is that the Jury called
upon to decide has manifest conflicts of interest in respect of one of
the teams involved.

Everyone knows that Tom Ehman, chairman of the adjudicatory committee,
works for the American BMW Oracle team. Likewise Richard Slater, another
member of the 2008 Farr40 Worlds jury. Another judge present, Henry Menin,
worked for the OracleTeam in 2000. And John Kostecki, Mascalzone Latino’s
tactician in Miami, the person who formally lodged and argued the case
against Joe Fly, is also an employee of the BMW Oracle Racing. The close
links between Mascalzone Latino and BMW Oracle Racing are common knowledge.