The America’s Cup Measurement Committee has admitted it made a mistake and that one of the three prototype boats owned by defending champion Oracle Team USA was not illegally modified during warm-up regattas last year.
Skipper Max Sirena of Italy’s Luna Rossa is the latest America’s Cup competitor to accuse defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating in what potentially could be one of the biggest scandals in the regatta’s 162-year history.
The new, cutting-edge America’s Cup boats are not without criticism and Oracle’s Larry Ellison defends what some call risky engineering and sailing tactics, explaining, “It has to be a little bit risky.”
The head of America’s Cup challenger Emirates Team New Zealand has accused defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating in the latest controversy in sailing’s premier regatta. “You can’t actually get to any other point than the fact they were cheating,” he said.
A Sweden-based sailing team that was hit with a tragic loss earlier this year was eliminated over the weekend in the challenger series for the America’s Cup, but bowed out gracefully in a display of sportsmanship that has been a hallmark of the team’s return to the water.
Italy’s Luna Rossa is one victory away from advancing to the America’s Cup challenger finals and another go-round with powerhouse Emirates Team New Zealand.
America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA forfeited its overall championships from the first two seasons of the America’s Cup World Series on Thursday after it was determined that its yachts were modified without the permission of the Measurement Committee.
Rebounding from a shaky start and damage to its wing sail, Italy’s Luna Rossa sped ahead of Artemis Racing of Sweden to win the opening race of the America’s Cup challenger semifinals Tuesday on San Francisco Bay.
Three months after crewman Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed in a capsize, Artemis Racing will sail in the America’s Cup challenger trials.
Artemis Racing sailed around the San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, testing “Big Blue” for the first time in winds as strong as 15 knots. The catamaran is the Swedish challenger’s second AC 72 for America’s Cup competition.