Coutts fined for boat alterations

The Swiss America's Cup syndicate has been told to cough up $3000 for modifying their boat without permission

Wednesday April 4th 2001, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Russell Coutts' Swiss yachting syndicate has been fined $US3000 for breaking America's Cup rules, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald.
According to the Kiwi newspaper, the America's Cup Arbitration Panel fined the Swiss and added $US1000 as costs after they altered their yacht without permission. The syndicate representing the Societe Nautique de Geneve modified the hull of their training yacht this year, but did not inform the regatta's technical director.

Both the boats in the campaign, taken from the last Swiss challenge called Fast 2000, are twin-keeled. When the new syndicate changed one of the yachts to a single keel, that was fine within the rules, but alterations to the bow and stern sections should have been approved by the technical director. This is where the challenge fell down, although the panel has ruled that other syndicates have not been disadvantaged by the misdemeanour.

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