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21 January 2002, 10:37 am
Chairman of the International Jury Confirmed
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Bryan Willis

Americas Cup
Auckland

Bryan Willis of Ryde, Isle of Wight, has been appointed by the International Sailing Federation to be the Chairman of the Jury and Chief Umpire for the Louis Vuitton Cup and 31st America's Cup Match
The America's Cup will take place in Auckland, New Zealand from October 2002 to March 2003.

The appointment was first agreed amongst the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as Challenger of Record and ISAF in accordance with the formal agreement signed by the parties in September 2000.

Bryan Willis has been involved with both the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup since 1980. Most recently he served as Chairman of the Jury and Chief Umpire in the 1999-2000 event. For the 2002-2003 events he will lead a team of 18 International Umpires who will oversee as many as 175 races over 5 months beginning in October 2002.

He is a member of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and the ISAF Race Officials Committee and is currently serving as Chairman of the International Jury for the Volvo Ocean Race.
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