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9 December 2002, 10:11 am
OneWorld Penalised By Panel
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America's Cup

The America's Cup Arbitration Panel (ACAP) has docked the Seattle Yacht Club's OneWorld Challenge one point in each remaining series it sails in the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup.
In addition it has been ordered to pay costs to the Panel of US$65000.

In its decision, the Panel "determines that OneWorld Challenge has been in breach of the Protocol in that a designer employed by OneWorld Challenge had in his possession a computer file, a ZIP disk and a computer that contained design information that was the property of Team New Zealand, facts that were not disclosed in the previous application ACAP 01/08."

All of the other grounds brought up at the hearing were dismissed.

Specifically, the Panel imposes that OneWorld will lose one point in:

a) the semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Cup and, if it advances,
b) the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup and, if it advances,
c) the Match for the America's Cup"

If OneWorld pays the costs as ordered, and assumes the one point penalty when applicable, OneWorld will be eligible to sign the declaration and sail in the America's Cup as the Challenger should OneWorld win all their matches.

The penalty is a point deducted from OneWorld, and not a point given to its opponent. For example, in its Semi-Final match against Prada, the Italian team still must win four races to advance to the Repechage. OneWorld would need to win five races to advance.

Meanwhile, out on the Hauraki Gulf today, gusts of over 24 knots and an average wind speed in excess of the limit imposed for racing to take place ensured that there was no racing in the first day of the semi final.

The forecast for tomorrow is for breeze of between 16 and 20 knots, light enough for racing to take place.
Louis Vuitton Media/ISAF News Editor
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