Auckland diary


"I'm not 007" Sean Reeves claims. Nigel Cherrie reports on the latest twists and turns down America's Cup alley
Just when it looked like that the America's Cup could go a full week without the design secrets scandal being dragged to new depths through the media, the man at the center of it all has decided to answer back. Sean Reeves confronted the allegations that were stacking up against him in an interview with The Weekend Herald, New Zealand's national newspaper. Reeves, the former rules adviser for both Team New Zealand and the US OneWorld Challenge is accused of trying to peddle the design secrets from his former employers onto the Oracle Racing, GBR Challenge and Stars & Stripes campaigns. "I'm not 007," Reeves told the Herald from his home in Devonport, North Auckland. "I'm not James Bond. I don’t have the ability to do all the things they're claiming." Reeves has also fingered five New Zealand colleagues at OneWorld for knowingly breaking America's Cup protocol rules. He has claimed in his court papers that these men - people he helped recruit it should be added - transferred confidential design and technical information from their previous campaigns to the new American syndicate. The Herald article does not divulge why Reeves chose to front up with his version of events. Perhaps the recent twist in this long running and ugly saga when Bill Trenkle of the Stars & Stripes campaign also filed a deposition stating Reeves tried to sell design and technical information to the New York Yacht Club challenge could well have been a catalyst. Up until that point, an overwhelming majority of those involved in the scandal were Kiwi's. Both Chris Dickson of Oracle Racing and David Barnes of GBR Challenge have long standing connections with Reeves stretching back to their early racing days. Reeves and Dickson were once a formidable team in international dinghy racing, winning the double-handed world youth championship title in the early

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