Seven men accused in Reeves affidivit

Sean Reeves launches counter offensive with allegations over the Team New Zealand design details sold

Sunday February 10th 2002, Author: Nigel Cherrie, Location: Australasia
On the eve of the showcase America's Cup International Regatta, Team New Zealand have become embroiled in a new ugly twist in the on-going Sean Reeves versus OneWorld design secrets scandal.

New Zealand woke up this weekend to read details of Reeves' affidavit, filed in the US District Court against American challengers OneWorld, across the front page of the national newspaper, The New Zealand Herald.

The Herald article, which goes into some depth, lists a number of claims by Reeves in his legal counter-offensive and defence against the OneWorld writ (filed against him last year) and that "Black Boat [NZL 57 and 60] designs were obtained by an American rival during the Team New Zealand break-up". This of course violates America's Cup protocol.

Reeves left Team New Zealand in 2000 for American billionaire Craig McCaw's OneWorld syndicate and lured several Team New Zealand sailors with him but then left the Seattle based campaign last May due to a rist with the management.

He then allegedly tried to sell OneWorld designs to Larry Ellison's rival challenge through his old friend and Oracle afterguard, Chris Dickson.

But the most damaging and worrying part of the affidavit from the Cup defenders perspective is that "crucial design and technical information (Team New Zealand designs) arrived at OneWorld on disks before Team NZ purged its computers".

As for the people responsible, while not disclosing names themselves, The Herald piece states that Reeves' documents name "seven men from prominent syndicates, including five New Zealanders".

Back to the business of yacht racing, the first fleet race in the International Regatta will start just after midday tomorrow. The opening match racing round (a double round robin) will get underway almost immediately afterwards and will continue on Tuesday.

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