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Matthew Mitchell sued Oracle Racing Inc. on Wednesday in Superior Court. Mitchell claims his employer told him to add the weight, so the employer should foot his legal bills.
Oracle Racing’s principle owner is Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, who is not a party to the case. Mitchell says that Oracle Racing hired him to prepare a 45-foot catamaran for the America’s Cup World Series, a string of races building up to the 34th America’s Cup, which took place in San Francisco Bay in 2013 and used 72-foot boats. Mitchell says flew to San Francisco in 2012 and joined his teammates on the Oracle Racing team.
“Immediately after his arrival, plaintiff was assigned by defendant to commission and prepare a boat known as the BAR45 (Ben Ainslie Racing),” the complaint states. His tasks were “listed on a ‘job list’ that was prepared and issued by defendant,” the complaint states. “Included in the ‘job list’ was a task listed as ‘Fill Kingpost.'” The kingpost is a sturdy post near the bow that rises above the deck. Race officials subsequently found that the kingpost on Mitchell’s boat was too heavy and broke AC45 class rules. Mitchell’s was named as a defendant by the America’s Cup International Jury and was required to attend a two-day hearing in August 2013. The jury decided that Mitchell probably participated in filling the kingpost with heavy resinous material. Read on.