Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ooops. Race to be re-sailed after all

Friday night's Jury decision wasn't the end of the story in the Emirates Team New Zealand request for redress. Although the Jury denied redress, it did make a recommendation to the Race Committee that the amendment to the Sailing Instructions under which the Kiwis were penalised was a bad rule.

On Saturday morning, the rule was rescinded. Shortly afterwards, the Race Committee decided, 'in the interest of fairness' to abandon the race and re-sail it.

There's more on the event website here. And video from Luigi and Chief Umpire Bill Edgerton explaining the situation here.

Meanwhile, the wind is very light in La Maddalena this morning. Racing has been pushed back until at least 1100. BMW ORACLE Racing is scheduled to face Mascalzone Latino Audi team, but not until the sixth match of the day. Based on the current weather, it's would seem unlikely that Luigi will get to a sixth match today.