Ericsson 4 will not be penalized under the protest filed by the Rule
Management Group against the team in the Volvo Ocean Race.. The International Jury found the team was
not obliged to inform the Measurers of changes made to the bow of its boat,
and therefore the team had not broken a rule.
Ericsson Racing Team did not inform the measurers that they had replaced the
sacrificial bow section and ‘duplicated’ the position of the measurement
reference point with another screw head, something that may have affected
the accuracy of the hull measurement data. The Rule Management Group accepted that the new bow section was the same as
the replaced section, and that the position of the measurement reference
point was not an issue. – Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race.