Old hand to head AC jury
Willis' appointment came after an agreement between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as Defender of the America's Cup, Yacht Club Punta Ala as Challenger of Record and ISAF in accordance with the formal agreement signed by the parties in September 2000.
Bryan Willis has been involved with both the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup since 1980. Most recently he served as Chairman of the Jury and Chief Umpire in the 1999-2000 event.
For the 2002-2003 events he will lead a team of 18 International Umpires who will oversee as many as 175 races over five months when the Louis Vuitton Cup kicks off in October 2002.
He is a member of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and the ISAF Race Officials Committee and is currently serving as Chairman of the International Jury for the Volvo Ocean Race.