22 Aug 2013

Team NZ laughs off latest Oracle allegations

6:39 am on 22 August 2013

Allegations by Oracle that Team New Zealand had trespassed to gather information has been dismissed by the team as laughable.

Oracle alleged in a protest to the Jury that members of Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa had trespassed on an Oracle AC45 in an attempt to gain the information.

Team New Zealand refutes the allegation.

A Yachting New Zealand crew which is competing in the Youth America's Cup is using a Team New Zealand boat which was parked alongside an Oracle yacht.

The team says Oracle is trying to confuse issues ahead of the Jury hearing on allegations of gross misconduct by Oracle team members alleged to have been engaged in conduct detrimental to the America's Cup.

The jury hearings stem from the discovery of lead in AC45 yachts maintained by Oracle and raced in America's Cup World Series regattas.