BMW Oracle’s spokesperson and all round back room wheeler dealer, Tom Ehman, has released a statement for his loyal supporters bemoaning the American team’s exclusion from the discussions about the 33rd edition of the cup. Opinion in the blogosphere was mixed and divided down party lines, but the American team’s choice of arguments were neutralised to a degree by the outcome of the second meeting amongst those teams who have officially entered and don’t have pending law suits against the defender.
Ehman Objection: “None of the Challengers, except CNEV, has any vote on any matter. Moreover, CNEV is specifically exempted from acting on behalf of the other Challengers.”
Meeting outcome: 10 of the 12 entered challengers present at the meeting, along with the Defender Alinghi, expressed a unanimous will to work together constructively towards a class rule and regulations that satisfy all entered competitors.
Ehman Objection: “The Defender, through ACM, selects all race officials and umpires.”
- The Arbitration Panel be expanded to five members, with the two additional members being appointed by all the entered competitors through a democratic process
- The Race Committee has been agreed by all the entered competitors
- Other America’s Cup Race Officials, the Technical Director and Umpires will be selected following a similar process amongst ISAF officials.