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.
Shayne Currie Editor The New Zealand Herald PO Box 32 Auckland
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.
Yours faithfully, Stephen Barclay CEO, America’s Cup Event Authority