YCCS did the brave thing which was to exclude the boats for the regatta at the time. Now many months later there is this lily-livered response from the Class Association which will have minimal effect on the cheating culture all too prevalent it seems - especially in Italy.
Another example was the laughably late and ineffective response to the blatant cheating of the winner of the 2016 ORC Europeans where hidden ballast tanks were built in secretly and then only used when the boat was being measured. It then took more than a year to disqualify them from their win with no other action being taken. Why this was sucha difficult decision when the cheating was so blatant is hard to understand
The Jury decision found that Scugnizza’s Italian team deliberately broke RRS 2, RRS 78.1, and ORC Rating System Rule 304.3a and was thus in breach of rule 69.1(a) and disqualified from all races of the championship regatta held in Porto Carras, Greece on July 3-10, 2016.
“This decision was difficult and long in coming, as it involved complex issues related to sailing trim, yet we applaud the Jury for upholding the integrity and principles of both our rules and the rules of the sport."
In all these cases there needs to be much harsher action from classes, ORC and World Sailing or this will just go on escalating. At a time when the whole sport is in trouble WS should be seen to be taking action rather than worrying about logos and sustainability.
A 4 month ban involving the off season (other than the Monaco YC winter series) looks especially weak. Sadly it will have no effect on the pros and others who are intenet on winning at all costs in what used to be a self-policing sport.