So what happens when Oracle asks ETNZ to agree to raise the wind limits, and they say no. Does that make them pussies who don’t want to race in conditions where they might lose, or heroes who are doing what it takes to win the series? Look at the email exchange below and decide for yourself…
From: Richard Slater (Oracle)
Sent: Monday, 16 September 2013 11:59 a.m.
To: Russell Green (ETNZ)
Subject: Proposed Protocol Amendment
Attached is a proposed protocol amendment in relation to wind limits. The proposed changes are to:
1. Increase the wind limit to start a race from 23 to 24 knots.
2. Removed the fixed wind speed limit after starting.
The wind limits set by Iain have increased each month as the teams gained more experience. We now believe that both teams are capable to start races in conditions that are 1 knot higher. So this is in line with the safety committee proposals of increasing the limits over time.
Once a race is started, it makes no sense to abandon it. Removing this requirement still allows ACRM to abandon for safety reasons but no longer provides such a hard limit. If we can agree on this we can talk to Iain about amending the event permit.
I look forward to your comments.
From: Russell Green
Date: 16 September 2013 18:40:33 PDT
To: Richard Slater
Subject: RE: Proposed Protocol Amendment
Our guys have talked about your proposal and would have considered it before racing started but now that a substantial number of races have been sailed and one abandoned we think it is no longer appropriate to make changes.