The AC Class Measurement Notice No.2 is a very interesting document whose existence suggests that the Measurement Committee (MC) have learned from their mistakes of AC34, caused largely by the lack of expert technical resources to evaluate interpretation submissions received. Some of the specific requirements under this Notice which, imo, completely narrows or removes the opportunity for cheating, include:
-Assemblies and/or components that cannot be inspected because they are unmarked, proprietary, potted, etc. shall not be used in rake control systems allowed by Rule 15.3 or in other control systems allowed by Rule 15.2 unless and until the Competitor has satisfied the Measurement Committee that they are Rule compliant. (This would have compelled OR to prove the legality of their foil control system in PI49).
-Declarations that name specific components and/or assemblies and assert that the item(s) named have not been altered, modified, enhanced or in any way changed from the documentation that describes them. (Might have saved us all the the embarrassment of being asked to believe one of the 2 completely different foil control systems they've presented - so far!)
-c) For the purposes of clarification, any aspect of any element of a 15.2 or 15.3 system that in any way senses any physical or environmental phenomena, including but not limited to those that detect or measure voltage, current, sound, light, orientation, magnetic fields, flow, pressure, distance, speed, acceleration and/or rotation in any manner shall be considered to be an input or feedback device.
And lest there is any lingering doubt about the real intentions in this Notice, the Personal Declarations by team members removes the maximi-stingray attempts to blame individuals rather than the team.
Each member of a Competitors design, build, maintenance and sailing team(s) shall sign a Declaration, witnessed by a member of the Measurement Committee, stating that they:
Have read, understand and are familiar with the America’s Cup Class Rule and its associated Interpretations as they apply to their individual role; and
State without reservation that their contributions comply with the Rule and its associated Interpretations; and
Believe to the best of their knowledge that the AC Class Yacht(s) with which their team will compete complies with the Rule and its associated Interpretations; and
Agree to notify the Measurement Committee in writing or via e-mail within twenty-four (24) hours of any occurence that in any way affects the integrity of these Declarations.
I applaud the MC for acknowledging that they could have done better in AC34, and now appear determined to be proactive in policing the Class Rules.