The International Jury has dismissed the protest of Groupama sailing team against CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand.
"We totally accept that people can question -- that's everyone's right -- but it's time now for the questioning to stop" - Chris Nicholson
Groupama lodged the protest, once again related to the forestay and rigging set-up on CAMPER, at the end of Leg 1.
The International Jury decided after a full hearing on Friday that CAMPER were in possession of a valid Volvo Open 70 certificate and that no evidence had been presented to show they had broken any rules.
"No evidence was presented to show that equipment had been used while racing in a manner that broke the class rules," the jury found.
CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson, who attended the hearing in person, said it was now time to put the matter to rest.
"I certainly hope that's the end of it," he said. "For us, a lot of things that were brought up in the hearing were old history. Very little was new and I think we've exhausted this as far as it can possibly be exhausted. The decision was obviously in our favour and it's time now to lock in and go racing.
"We've had this on our boat from day one and on public display. We could have hidden it right up to the start of the race but it wasn't how we decided to do it. We decided to be completely open and jump through every hoop from day one.
"We totally accept that people can question -- that's everyone's right -- but it's time now for the questioning to stop."
Groupama had already had one protest over the CAMPER forestay rejected. That was made back in Alicante after the first In-Port Race on October 29.
CAMPER's forestay was also the subject of an application made to the independent arbitration panel earlier in October.
Two applications were made claiming the Volvo Open 70 Interpretation Group had, in interpreting a class rule, changed that rule, something not permitted in the class rules and in the Notice of Race.
The first application was made by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG on October 11. The second was made by Team Telefónica the following day.
CAMPER finished Leg 1 in second place and are second overall with 29 points, two behind Team Telefónica. Groupama were third into Cape Town and are third overall with 22 points.
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