National could learn a thing or two from Oracle

The National party could learn a thing or two from Oracle. Once you win.. make sure you stay won.

The America’s Cup has shaken and stirred the rules for the 2017 regatta.

They’re radical, ambitious and sure to set off debates in yacht club bars from Sydney to San Diego, and San Francisco to Southampton.

Defending champion Oracle Team USA will race against challengers in early elimination rounds. It can build two 62-foot, wing-sailed foiling catamarans – insurance against a catastrophic failure – while challengers will be limited to one, a clause that’s sure to be controversial.

In another twist, either Oracle Team USA or a challenger could start the best-of-13 America’s Cup match with a one-point lead, depending on results from the qualifying rounds. ?

The 78-page protocol for the 35th America’s Cup was released Tuesday, more than seven months after Oracle Team USA staged one of the greatest comebacks in sports to beat Emirates Team New Zealand and retain the oldest trophy in international sports.


Oracle will be allowed to build two 62-foot cats. It can conduct two-boat training during the America’s Cup Playoffs for the challengers, but then must sail its first boat in the match. If there’s a catastrophic failure, it can use its second boat in the match. If the winner of the challenger series has a serious breakdown and can’t sail in the match, the runner-up will advance.

And Team Australia helped set the rules…nothing like Aussies rorting the rules to benefit themselves…underarm bowling anyone?

Why don’t they just change the Deed of Gift to declare Oracle the winners?

It would save some time and money.


– NZ Herald