Former sailing boss files complaint vs America’s Cup jurors
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The former head of sailing’s governing body has filed a complaint of gross misconduct against the five members of an international jury that handed down the harshest penalties in America’s Cup history.
Paul Henderson of Toronto has requested hearings by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The action comes weeks after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced sailor Dirk de Ridder’s suspension from sanctioned events from three years to 18 months. De Ridder was banned from the 2013 America’s Cup and Oracle Team USA was docked two points in a scandal involving illegal weights in warmup regattas.
Henderson says the jurors “failed and violated the principles of ISAF by not providing an equitable and fair hearing to all sailors.”
ISAF competitions manager Jon Napier says executives are deciding how to proceed.
Penalties could include suspension or termination.