The following is the official conclusion, as issued by the International Jury: "The International Jury is satisfied that the protest is valid. VAIO failed to keep clear of Imagine It. Done. as required by rule 10. ISAF case 50 refers."
The outcome of the decision was as follows: "In accordance with Sl19.1, VAIO is penalised three points and in accordance with General S122, the positions and points of other boats will remain unchanged."
The outcome of the hearing means that VAIO has moved down the leader board from joint fifth to joint seventh, a bitter blow for the team.
We managed to catch up with Imagine It. Done.'s skipper, Dee CAFFARI as she she was just about to board the ferry to Manly and have a couple of hard-earned days off. She told us: "I'm relieved that the safety element highlighted by the protest was upheld by the jury, so everyone is a lot more confident with each other out on the water. It raises awareness across the whole fleet that there are heavy penalties awarded for infringements."
When asked how this might affect her relationship with skipper of VAIO, Amedeo SORRENTINO, she quickly concluded: "This has nothing to do with personal relationships. It's purely about being on the water and doing my job as a professional skipper."
The international jury consisted of Chairman Tony MOONEY (AUS), Don BROOKE (NZL), Lister HUGHES (AUS), Masayuki ISHII (JPN) and Gary WAGSTAFF (NZL).
Leaderboard After Three Legs
|Pos||Yacht||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Points|
|4||Spirit of Sark||9||15||9||33|
|5||SAIC La Jolla||9||8||14||31|
|7=||Me to You||6||9||13||28|
|11||Team Save the Children||4||10||5||19|
|12||Imagine It. Done.||7||3||4||14|