Dirty cheaters

The Herald reports:

The America’s Cup international jury today docked Oracle Team USA two points in the America’s Cup match race series against Emirates Team New Zealand, banned a leading Oracle sailor from the regatta and excluded another from taking part in the first four races.

In addition Oracle have been fined US$250,000 while two Oracle shore crew have also been excluded from the 34th America’s Cup, which begins its best-of-17 series on Sunday morning at 8.10am (NZT).

The action comes after days of jury inquiries into allegations of cheating involving the discovery of illegal modifications to AC45 45-foot catamarans belonging to Oracle and used in the America’s Cup World Series. The team members are the first ever to be excluded from an America’s Cup regatta for cheating.

Oracle seem to have been doing their best to destroy the America’s Cup. I hope they lose 8 to – 2.

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