Jury decisions


The AC33 jury in session
The AC33 jury in session
We look at the seven points decided upon for the 33rd America's Cup
The final decisions made by the 33rd America’s Cup International Jury over the seven outstanding issues brought before them, have been published, following a hearing on Monday and continued on Tuesday night. Water ballast The longest debate seems to have been over the use of water ballast on Alinghi 5 and in particular how this is measured. Alinghi were putting the case that their boat should be measured without water ballast, as according to Grant Simmer this was how their boat was originally designed, although it has since been adapted to take into account the new measurement rules. BMW Oracle argued that they felt the measurers were interpreting this issue as: ‘the maximum amount of water ballast that may be used when racing when measuring the yacht, rather than “as much water ballast as might be used at any time during any race.”’ This was based on ‘paragraph 20’ of the document conjured up by the Experts Panel, appointed by NY Supreme Court judge, Justice Shirley Kornreich which states: ‘It is the Panel’s opinion that with respect to catamarans and trimarans, for the purpose of measurement of load water-line, the principle of being ‘fully loaded’ when measured, should be employed. This would be consistent with the measurement rules provision in 1988. Any moveable ballast should be distributed equally in the available ballast storage areas, and should include as much water ballast as might be used at any time during any race.’ So effectively all water ballast tanks should be equally full in measurement trim. Richard Slater, representing BMW Oracle, along with team CEO Russell Coutts, felt that when measuring the boats, the measurer must determine what is the ‘longest measurement condition, not the heaviest measurement condition’. Their fear was that Alinghi could use their water ballast to extend their LWL beyond 90ft and for this

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