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6 April 2007, 08:38 am
+39 Wins Protest; Racing Postponed On Day Three
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America's Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

After racing was postponed on a cold, wet and windless day three at Louis Vuitton Act 13 in Valencia, the Jury 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.
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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 3 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.

New Mast For +39

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.

No Racing

The Race Committee postponed racing for Thursday at 16:20, after the fleet was held at sea on a cold, wet spring day. When the 12 Cup teams left Port America's Cup for racing, they were faced with a cold, light northerly breeze and a heavy swell. Rain squalls soon blew down the race area and at the scheduled start time of 14:05, racing was postponed.

The Race Committee kept the boats at sea from nearly two and a half hours, but it was in vain; the weather never improved and the wind never consistently held over 5 knots.

Two races are now scheduled for each of Friday and Saturday, the reserve day.


Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
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
The America's Cup Match and Challenger/Defender Series are designated as ISAF Special Events. For more information on the America's Cup, the Louis Vuttion Acts and the teams competing, visit the official America's Cup website - For a complete list of all the news about the America's Cup 2007 CLICK HERE.
ACM 2007 (As Amended By ISAF). Image, +39 dismasted:© ACM 2007/Photo:Carlo Borlenghi
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