Tuesday, February 02, 2010

America's Cup - International Jury Hearing - LIVE

I now it doesn't seem very serious and professional but I have to apologize for the failed "live" blogging from the International Jury hearing. It did take place as scheduled, it lasted more than 2 hours, there were no fist fights and everybody was polite yet firm in their argumentation.

Unfortunately, the open and free Wifi network that was supposed to cover the entire Port America's Cup disappeared after 10 minutes. The press conference room, and the entire press center, being still under construction meant there was no wireless network available. As a result, my attempt failed. Lessons learned.

Now, concerning the hearing, it was long and tedious, going into minute technical details at moments. I have to admit that out of all the presentations Russell Coutts made the most convincing one, especially when he used a diagram to demonstrate the extreme scenario of a team placing 3,000kg of lead at the stern of the yacht as ballast and then throwing it in the sea 30 seconds before the start. The 33rd America's Cup Chief Measurer seemed cornered.

The two teams will probably issue press releases stating how satisfied they are with the Jury's decision. The truth will lie somewhere in between. Both teams won and both lost with the decision. My full report will be posted tomorrow evening. Wednesday will be a long day on the water.


The International Jury is ready to hear Alinghi and BMW Oracle on the measurement issue. Valencia, 2 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

7:00pm : Hamish Ross talks about the onboard lasers. Although I'm sitting very close, it's difficult to clearly hear the conversations.

6:51pm : Hello from Valencia and the press center conference room. The hearing is scheduled to start in 10 minutes. Grant Simmer and Hamish Ross are here from Alinghi. Russell Coutts and Richard Slater from BMW Oracle.

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15 Comments:

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...are they sleeping now? ;-)

 
At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Live blog not working....

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger bigamist said...

I hope they don't start a fight in the room. :)

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Robert said...

wtf?

 
At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pierre !!!! anymore updates ?

whats´s happening?

 
At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's it??? Update please!

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger Vincent said...

The actual hearing is open to the public?

 
At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pierre - are you ok - did they shoot you or what ?

 
At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Ernesto cut off the connection???

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

any updates?

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous alfredo said...

Nothing after 4 hours? No news related to a conference that started at 19.00??

 
At 11:37 PM, Blogger shorethinglo said...

Okay, For the Exibition: Water Ballast is legit! Key Point is the Measurer is tasked that each boat is legit from start to finish and at measure. Remember All, this was the issue brought to the table today. The 5 issues that were to be decided Tuesday afternoon are still floating in limbo. Thank Heavens this is only an Exibition and a Non-Event! Any Guess's on Who will capture the Olympic Gold in Down Hill! Still looking forward to seeing the Technology of these Two Boats

 
At 2:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember during the last 32th AC one boat that had some issue with the main halyard....
And I remember when sailing was a model of sportsmanship...
I cannot wait until we get rid of these cheaters, even if it has to be resolved by the courts, a real court.

 
At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:48, You are a loser like BOR.
GO ALINGHI.
SUCKER!

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Paco said...

What is the decision of the Jury in respect of the Sailing wind and wave ranges?
Please post an article in such respect. It is fundamental in order to decide if coming to see a match (and loose a day at work) or knowing it probably will be rescheduled for the following day.

 

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