Jury rules in +39's favour

After Wednesday's collision with United Internet Team Germany

Friday April 6th 2007, Author: Peter Rusch, Location: none selected
The Jury has ruled in the protest between +39 Challenge and United Internet Team Germany and awarded redress to the Italian team.

In terms of the incident on the water, the Jury ruled that the German team broke Rule 10 (opposite tacks) and Rule 14 (avoiding contact) of the Racing Rules of Sailing.

Areva Challenge, originally protested by United Internet Team Germany, was absolved of any blame in the incident.

For Redress, the Jury awarded +39 Challenge a fifth place finish in Race Three of Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 13 (no other positions in the race are affected).

In addition, +39 Challenge will hold on to the two bonus points it would earn from its current position on the Louis Vuitton Ranking table, regardless of its result in Act 13.

Further, the Jury ruled that the fairest solution for all boats was to allow +39 to accept the offer of the use of a Version 5 mast from United Internet Team Germany. The Jury acknowledges that this would require a Protocol amendment which it recommends.

Full costs have been directed against United Internet Team Germany.

The full written decision from the Jury is expected to be issued on Friday.

New leaderboard:

Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total
1 Alinghi (SUI 91) 4/9 1/12 1/12 33
2 BMW ORACLE Racing (USA 87) 1/12 4/9 7/6 27
3 Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 84) 5/8 3/10 4/9 27
4 Desafío Español 2007 (ESP 97) 8/5 2/11 3/10 26
5 Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) 7/6 5/8 2/11 25
6 Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia (ITA 99) 3/10 6/7 5/8 25
7 Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) 2/11 8/5 10/3 19
8 +39 Challenge (ITA 85) 10/3 7/6 5/8 17
9 Areva Challenge (FRA 93) 9/4 10/3 8/5 12
10 United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) 6/7 9/4 DSQ 11
11 Victory Challenge (SWE 96) 12/1 11/2 6/7 10
12 China Team (CHN 95) 11/2 12/1 9/4 7

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