America's Cup: Team New Zealand rule out legal challenge
Last Updated: 28/09/13 11:43am
Team New Zealand have ruled out any legal challenge to Oracle Team USA's victory in the America's Cup over their use of an automated stabilisation system.
The system is believed to have dramatically improved their performance as the American boat successfully defended its title in the most dramatic circumstances this week.
Oracle produced a remarkable fightback from 8-1 down to beat the New Zealand challengers in a winner-take-all race on Thursday and clinch the finals series 9-8.
The Americans' automated system that helped them manoeuvre their foils on the super-fast catamarans to dramatically improve their speed upwind after they had slumped to the 8-1 deficit.
But the Kiwis insisted they would not be challenging the system's legality.
"Absolutely not, in any shape form or any other way. It would be an incredibly bad thing to do," TNZ syndicate head Grant Dalton told New Zealand's Radio Sport.
Dalton said the team had asked competition organisers about the system's legality before racing began but it had been approved by the measurers.
New Zealand's media have speculated about how the system worked, although Dalton said he was not clear on it either.
New Zealand's Herald on Sunday sports editor Paul Lewis, who was in San Francisco for the duration of the regatta, wrote on Saturday "a lot of the talk buzzing around America's Cup circles" had been that the stabilisation system automatically indicated the best position for the yacht's foils.
This gave Oracle greater ability to stay on their foils for longer upwind, which was essentially the difference in the two boats' speed in the final week of racing.