QUOTABLE: Changing the Game After it’s Begun
Published on June 24th, 2013
“It’s just frustrating when you’re literally 13 days away from starting the first race (on July 7) and you could be forced to actually make changes to the equipment, which if you are making design-related decisions should have happened a year ago. We’ve designed our boat according to what the class rule was. We made compromises in our design decisions. We provided a boat that was safer but maybe not faster across a wide array of conditions. We don’t feel that it’s right that we should pay a penalty for making those decisions when we did.” – Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, regarding the rule changes the America’s Cup organizers consider necessary to receive its Coast Guard event permit.