Sunday June 16, 10:30 – Update, including reply from New Zealand Herald and a Chronology of Events leading to the published race schedule
NZ HERALD REPLY – RECEIVED 17:45 JUNE 15
CEO America’s Cup Event Authority
Pier 23, Suite 100
Re: Dana Johannsen’s column, dated June 13 We will not be retracting or correcting any of the valid points made by Dana in her column. We believe Dana to be essentially right and, at the very least, to have the right to honestly held opinion.
As the challenger of record, it is Artemis' responsibility to act in the interests of the challengers. By going against the wishes of the majority, they have not done so.
Paul Cayard’s comments in response to Grant Dalton’s criticisms were high-handed, so again we see no reason to resile from this opinion.
We also find it intriguing the America's Cup Events Authority is acting on behalf of the Swedish team.
While you might have a point about Dana approaching you for comment, to date she has found it difficult to elicit any worthwhile information from teams or organisers since the Artemis incident.
The New Zealand Herald will continue to cover the America’s Cup thoroughly and, if justified, critically.
Dylan Cleaver (Head of Sport)
Shayne Currie (editor)
THE CHRONOLOGY OF THE REVISED SCHEDULE
NOTE: The racing schedule was agreed by the teams in Newport, R.I. in June 2012 and was subsequently written into the Protocol. The only way to change the racing schedule is to change the Protocol and to do that, in effect, ORACLE TEAM USA, Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge must all agree.
- The week commencing May 27, America’s Cup CEO Stephen Barclay receives advice that Artemis Racing (AR) intends to continue in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series, but will not be in a position to race come July 7, 2013. Barclay meets each team individually to discuss the impact of this on the July racing schedule.
- Barclay requests the Regatta Director call a meeting of the teams for Monday June 3 to establish if consensus can be reached on a change to the racing schedule.
- All teams, Louis Vuitton, the Regatta Director and Barclay meet June 3. Barclay communicates each team’s position and proposals that he has established via one-on-one meetings the previous week. The meeting concludes with no resolution but an agreement to meet on Wednesday June 5.
- Barclay communicates with the teams individually on June 4. At 19:00 Luna Rossa (LR) offer a fifth proposal, agreed with Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) an hour earlier. The LR/ETNZ proposal eliminates the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals and moves the elimination races forward to July rather than August.
- All teams, Louis Vuitton, the Regatta Director and Barclay meet June 5. Barclay communicates the new LR/ETNZ proposal. Artemis Racing states it will not agree to a proposal that effectively eliminates them in July. Barclay then summarizes all proposals. The only proposal that all teams state they are happy with is the existing schedule. The meeting concludes with no agreement on revising the schedule.
- On June 7, Regatta Director issues the existing schedule (agreed in Newport a year ago), amended to add maintenance days as per his Safety Recommendations.
The letter below was sent to the New Zealand Herald on Thursday by Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the America's Cup Event Authority, to correct factual errors in a story published in the newspaper this week.
To date, the New Zealand Herald has neither responded, nor printed a correction.
Editor The New Zealand Herald
PO Box 32
June 13th, 2013
Sports coverage: Yachting 13 June
Artemis Racing has had inaccuracy added to tragedy in your reporting of the America’s Cup.
For the sake of the Swedish team and for the sake of your readers I am pointing out that Dana Johannsen’s statements that Artemis Racing “snuffed-out”, “rejected” and gave a “high-handed dismissal” of attempts to reach an agreed racing schedule change are wrong.
Similar claims, presented as ‘questions asked’, were made in the two previous stories. If Dana had approached the America’s Cup organisers, this and other errors could have been avoided.
Between 27 May and 5 June, I instigated or participated in a series of meetings between Louis Vuitton, the three challengers, and the defender, at which the Regatta Director sought to find agreement between the teams.
All four teams failed to reach consensus on any of each other’s the proposals. No one team blocked the outcome.
The Regatta Director determined the best option was to stick with the schedule the teams had previously agreed. Incidentally, this was a position repeatedly endorsed by Emirates Team New Zealand to each proposal offered by the other competitors.
To understand why Artemis Racing was not in favor of the Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa proposal, one only has to understand that it dropped the Louis Vuitton semi-finals and moved the elimination races forward to July rather than August. This was clearly unfair as it meant that if Artemis Racing wasn’t ready to race (which they had said they weren’t) it would guarantee their elimination.
The error affects all the teams and the competition, so please correct it.
Stephen Barclay CEO, America's Cup Event Authority
Cc Dylan Cleaver, Head of Sport Dana Johannsen, Reporter