Many of you have heard of the dispute between Steve Meheen, former owner of the Botin 80 Cabron, Pro sailor Gavin Brady and World Sailing. We touched on this before, and now we have obtained a WS memo that addresses the subject. Make of it what you will.
1.1 In late 2019, World Sailing received a complaint (“Complaint”) from Australian Sailing regarding alleged misconduct in connection with Cabron, a Botin 80 yacht formerly known as Beau Geste (“Yacht”).
1.2 In addition to other events, the Yacht competed in the 2016 and 2017 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races under the ownership of Race Champions Ltd / Mr. Karl Kwok and management of Mr. Gavin Brady. The Complaint was lodged by Misfits Racing LLC, represented by Mr. Steve Meheen.
1.3 Australian Sailing requested that the Complaint be transferred to World Sailing in accordance with Regulation 35.6.4. Due to the multijurisdictional aspects of the case, on 26 November 2019 the Judicial Board directed that the Complaint be transferred to World Sailing.
1.4 In December 2019, the Judicial Board appointed a Disciplinary Investigating Officer (“DIO”) to investigate the Complaint in accordance with Regulation 35.3.3.
1.5 Over the course of 2020, the DIO conducted an investigation into the Complaint and the alleged misconduct, reviewing a range of documents and interviewing a number of people connected to the case.