Oracle’s Dirk de Ridder has been forced to sit out this AC, but he isn’t too happy about it, and he has a big bad attorney to tell just how unhappy he is. Does he have a case, or just fishing? Check it out here and see what you think.
Regardless, we told you this AC was going to end up in court and it looks like we weren’t wrong:
Following further accusations of cheating by both teams in the competition, the International Sailing Federation (ISF) has announced today that the remaining 6-13 races of the America’s Cup will be determined not in the San Francisco Bay, but rather in court.
Before the competition began last Saturday, cup defenders Oracle Team USA had already been penalized by the international sailing body for weighting their boat with “too much money.” Under the federation’s rules, competitors are allowed to strap a maximum of $15 million cash to each individual part of their boat.
The first races of the cup proceeded without incident, with challengers Team New Zealand winning all three comfortably. But in the fourth race, Oracle made a surprise comeback, narrowly taking out their first win of the competition, and are now being accused by their opponents of using a fabric-based wind propulsion system that has not been explicitly authorized by the ISF. Read on.
And finally, today’s LA Times offers up this editorial on the America’s Cup.
Before it all goes to hell, watch today’s races on NBCSN at 1:15 today or just learn how to use Stealthy for Firefox or Hidemyass for PC and watch it on Youtube below! If that fails, there’s always the German feed here.