16 Aug 2013

Luna Rossa brands Oracle a cheat

6:50 pm on 16 August 2013

Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena says America's cup holder Oracle Racing is a cheat following revelations it illegally altered its boats for the World Series.

An international jury is investigating how weights were inserted into the wrong places on three of Oracle's 45-foot boats that raced in the build up events for this year's main regatta.

Oracle says the weights were placed by crew members without the knowledge of skippers or management.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday's first race of the challenger series finals, Sirena said Oracle has disrespected its competitiors.