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24 November 2002, 08:03 am
Louis Vuitton Cup - Quarter Final Repechage
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Prada©Franck Socha/Louis Vuitton

America's Cup
Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

The New York Yacht Club, the longest-standing trustee of the America's Cup, and Yacht Club Punta Ala, the present Challenger of Record, have today filed a joint application with the America's Cup Arbitration Panel regarding Seattle Yacht Club .
The application follows recent access to evidence in connection with the possession and use by OneWorld of other syndicates' design information.

In the interests of the event, the applicants believe that there must be a full and timely investigation. NYYC and YCPA are now waiting for directions from the Panel. No further comment will be made whilst the application is pending.

Meanwhile for the second successive day in the Louis Vuitton Cup quarter final repechage, racing was cancelled today because the weather conditions were unsuitable.

However, the Hauraki Gulf showed opposite sides of its character, with racing abandoned yesterday because of not enough wind and today because of too much wind.

Winds from the east north east today whipped up lumpy conditions on the Hauraki Gulf, and before racing could begin, one of the yachts suffered damage. The Swedish Victory Challenge yacht, Orm, broke its boom while under tow in the heavy seas.

The Swedish crew were spared having to call for a delay in racing, however, because the Race Committee hoisted the AP over A flag signal at 13.35 to indicate a cancellation of racing.

Winds had been hovering at or above the 19 knot starting wind limit for some time. The Race Committee had hoped that a squall crossing the race area after midday would bring lighter conditions.

But, it soon became clear that the winds were unlikely to ease during the afternoon and the decision was made to call it off.

This means the best-of-seven repechage matches between OneWorld and Stars & Stripes and between Prada and Victory Challenge will start tomorrow - weather permitting.

Louis Vuitton Media/ISAF News Editor
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