The America’s Cup race management team and Opposition of Record Luna Rossa say there has actually been some confusion over a trial rule that will not be embraced for the Prada Cup semifinals.

Yesterday, the Herald reported on American Magic’s aggravation at the decision not to execute the delay system trialled in the final round robin race, in which a group could require a 15-minute delay before the start of a contest if they were having any issues on board.

The guideline was just introduced for the third and 4th round robins – of which just the 3rd was sailed – due to issues on board Luna Rossa previously in the regatta.

According to Luna Rossa sailor Pierluigi de Felice, the guideline was never planned to be utilized in any other stages.

” I believe there was a bit of a misconstruing about that guideline. It was initially just generated when we began having an issue with our racing software for the round robin,” de Felice said.

” It was never ever considered to extend it into the semifinal or other phases. I see there is a bit of confusion around that, however we as a team and as the Challenger of Record didn’t receive any demand from American Magic about that.”

Representative of the Challenger of Record Francesco Longanesi Cattani validated the COR got no interaction from American Magic around their desire to have the rule executed once again and therefore saw no factor to keep it in play.

” It expired immediately after round robin 4 and therefore the basic rule applies once again,” Cattani stated.

For the rule to be reintroduced, both the Challenger of Record and Defender would have needed to concur upon it, however race director Iain Murray stated it didn’t get to a point where the Protector’s input was required.

Typically, a hold-up card or something similar has been a feature of America’s Cup cycles as a way to additional guarantee reasonable cruising, however there was absolutely nothing in the guidelines for the 36th America’s Cup that mentioned anything of the sort would be used.

The trial was just presented this year after Luna Rossa’s claims of having concerns with their software at the start of a race versus American Magic.

” We sort of entered into a bit of he stated she stated over the electronic systems one day, so I required the 15-minute delay card rather than trying to referee whose fault it was during the starting procedure,” Murray described.

” That was adopted for rounds three and four on a trial basis just … it has never been in for this [the Prada Cup] or the America’s Cup or anything else.”

Ineos Group UK made the most of the trial in round robin 3 for their race versus Luna Rossa, calling a delay to enable them to attempt to repair an issue on board. Because time, they had the ability to get the problem to a point where they could still sail and went on to win the race and, consequentially, the round robin stage of the Prada Cup.

Murray said he thought Luna Rossa mored than happy with the systems on board now, suggested by them not asking to reintroduce the guideline for the semifinal.

It would have supplied something of a safeguard for American Magic, who have actually had simply 2 days on the water considering that repairing their boat which was harmed in a capsize two weeks back.

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