Grant Dalton (left) says a legal challenge would be 'an
incredibly bad thing to do'. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty
Emirates Team New Zealand managing Grant Dalton has
categorically ruled out making any legal challenge against
Oracle Team USA.
Dalton addressed rumours that Team NZ was planning to take
Oracle to court over the automatic "Herbie" system it used to
work their foils.
The system has been widely credited as giving Oracle the edge
over Team NZ, allowing them to win the America's Cup in San
Francisco by nine races to eight.
Speaking on Radio Sport today Dalton said: "I only heard that
a few hours ago. Absolutely not, in any shape form or any
other way. It would be an incredibly bad thing to do."
Many in Team NZ had already dispersed, including the team's
lawyer and rules advisor, Russell Green, so there was no way
a challenge could be mounted, he said.
Dalton would not comment on whether he thought the "Herbie"
system was legal or not.
"It would be so wrong for me or any person within the team to
entertain a discussion about that."
He said the team had tried to challenge the system with the
America's Cup jury before racing began but had now accepted
that the America's Cup measurers endorsed it as allowed under
He was still unclear as to how exactly the automatic foiling
Dalton said he was now experiencing a "brutal" time as other
sailing bodies worked to entice Team NZ members.