Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Statement from Tom Ehman, Golden Gate Yacht Club spokesman

[Source: BMW Oracle] Competitors will be able to use water ballast in the coming 33rd America’s Cup commencing in Valencia on Monday, provided that the amount used to benefit performance is also in position when the boat is measured.

This verdict of the International Jury was made tonight following a hearing in Valencia.
“It puts the onus on the measurer to guarantee that the amount and location of ballast aboard for measurement is solely to enhance performance, not circumvent the waterline requirements of the Deed of Gift,” said GGYC spokesman Tom Ehman.

The Deed of Gift sets an absolute limit of 90ft on the load waterline (LWL) for single-masted vessels.

“This means Alinghi might squeeze under the 90ft limit for measurement, release the ballast and then may race a boat longer than 90ft LWL,” Ehman said. “We don’t fully agree with the decision, but GGYC accepts it, and are ready to race.”

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At 8:11 AM, Blogger Renaud said...

Le fantôme de George L. Schuyler est de retour.

At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Tell son said...

Ehman said. “We don’t fully agree with the decision, but GGYC accepts it"! What BOR accept?!? Strange, very strange! You see they are not bad guy ;-))

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not related, but current forecast for Monday has changed and now reports stronger west winds of 10-16 Knots.

You can follow the prediction here:

It is supposed that BOR will be faster with these conditions, but who knows...

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wind 10:00am at the signal 13 kn are OK for both yachts... Is this strong or light wind? It's going to be an interessting race, not only for speed, also for tactics, I guess.

At 1:39 AM, Anonymous NVS said...

You know what?

At first I thought; waw, Oracle are cool guys, finaly one of the opponents is puting water in his wine concerning the fact that Alinghi might sail with a longer boat.
And today I read an article of Sebastien Destremau on the Official 33th AC website saying that Alinghi is maybe 115 feet and Oracle maybe 130 feet...instead of 90 feet.

link to article below:

Is it so hard to just make a Box rule 90x90 feet and to respect it?? (without rudders and bowsprit and measured on land)

Since there are no overhanging bows and sterns like on the monohulls in the past AC's and complicated formulas with waterline lengths, etc.

Seems they need their ballasts to measure the boat and not so much to improve the performance of the boat and to avoid nose dives.

I agree with the term AC None Event.

Just sail this thing (in almost any wave and wind conditions) and get over it and enjoy the power and the grace of these boats.

ps would be cool if Oracle could forget about the CIC issue. Last AC winners with 3DL sails were NZ and SUI (both with R.Coutts on the helm) and not the USA...even this time they did not take the chance to win with 3DL because of their wing...

Hope we have interesting match on the water but then I'm afraid that maximum 3 races is not enough to be relevant...

thx Pierre for ur website

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they are concerned about the ballast being dumped overboard, then the measurer should put some die tabs in the ballast tank so it would be obvious when the water was discharged.

The Fool


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