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Oracle Racing Fined and Penalized For Spying

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  • Oracle Racing Fined and Penalized For Spying

    Stuff NZ Reports The Following:

    America's Cup holders Oracle have had their testing time reduced by five days as a penalty for spying on rivals Luna Rossa in Auckland.

    The International Jury for the 34th America's Cup last month found Oracle guilty on the espionage charges levelled against them by the Italian syndicate.

    Oracle members had infringed on the 200m observation limit while watching and taking photos of Luna Rossa training on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.

    The jury didn't hand down an immediate penalty other than ordering Oracle to hand them the photos - 10 have been delivered.

    But "citing the importance of the Reconnaissance Article in the Protocol and the importance of a meaningful penalty" the jury has now decided to fine Oracle US$15,200 (NZ$18,350) and deduct the final five days of the second testing period - from April 26-30.

    The fine is small change to the mega-rich American syndicate. But the loss of testing days will hurt them given their current struggles.

    They demolished their first AC72 in a spectacular capsize in San Francisco late last year and have been out of the water since then, rebuilding their first boat and working on the development of their second boat.

    But it's time on the water they desperately need, especially with Team New Zealand doing so well with their testing, Luna Rossa rapidly advancing their sailing in Auckland and the other syndicate involved in the Cup, Sweden's Artemis Racing, also getting valuable boat time in San Francisco.
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  • #2
    So what is the next limit on sailing days?
    Pointing like a traffic cop, footin like a track star.


    • #3
      isnt it always 30-days but for Oracle in their AC72 (when it arrives) it'll be 25-days instead due to the fine. it was 45-days for the AC45 wasn't it?