America’s Cup grinder seeks investigation of ex-mate
SAN DIEGO (AP) New Zealander Matt Mitchell is asking sailing’s governing body to investigate former Oracle Team USA teammate Simeon Tienpont for gross misconduct, the latest fallout from one of the biggest scandals in America’s Cup history.
Mitchell has asked the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) to investigate Tienpont for breaking a racing rule and lying during a hearing prior to the 2013 America’s Cup.
Although Tienpont admitted altering a catamaran used in warmup regattas, he was allowed to sail in the America’s Cup match against Emirates Team New Zealand.
Mitchell, who was implicated by Tienpont during a hearing by an international jury, was suspended for the first four races. Another teammate, Dirk de Ridder, was banned from the regatta and Oracle was docked two points in the harshest penalties assessed in the cup’s 164-year history.