Posts Tagged ‘ACEA’

America’s Cup Update: Team New Zealand Protests “Last-Minute Proposals” Favoring Larry Ellison in the “Name of Safety”

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Looks like things aren’t all rosy in Larry Ellison’s already-failed America’s Cup 2013 yacht match.

Let’s hear the news of the day from straight-talking New Zealand nerd Russell Green:

“I cannot help wondering how the All Blacks [New Zealand national rugby union team] would feel arriving at the World Cup in UK in 2015 to find that there were last minute proposals to change basic rules of the game in the name of player’s safety but which in effect favoured the slower stop/start style of the Northern Hemisphere teams?”

Here’s the whole thing:

“Emirates Team New Zealand’s rules advisor Russell Green blogs about moving goal posts and the negotiations ahead.

Last Wednesday was my first day working in San Francisco and we were called to a meeting late in the afternoon by regatta director, Iain Murray, who presented his recommendations from the work of the Review Committee. Present were the key members of the teams, the event authority and Louis Vuitton.

Iain Murray, who distributed the report and then worked through the document explaining all the relevant points, looked tired. It was clear there had been some long hours worked by Review Committee in the previous six days, an amazing job in such a short time.

The teams, especially Artemis, had various questions but there was little time to digest the information as former Oracle Racing COO Stephen Barclay, who now heads the Event Authority (ACEA), revealed the document had already been made public. It was straight back to the base for Grant Dalton to talk to the team about the content and how we would deal with the upcoming work which, inevitably, be required.

It is daunting to arrive at the venue after years of planning to find the “goalposts moving” so late in the campaign, long after design decisions have been made based on the anticipated windy conditions in San Francisco.

Yet another challenge for the team. I cannot help wondering how the All Blacks [New Zealand national rugby union team] would feel arriving at the World Cup in UK in 2015 to find that there were last minute proposals to change basic rules of the game in the name of player’s safety but which in effect favoured the slower stop/start style of the Northern Hemisphere teams?

The recommendations are general, the task now facing the event and the teams is for these general recommendations to be converted in to specific rules of the event, a process which needs to be dealt with quickly so the US Coast Guard can be satisfied on safety and issue its event permit.

Many will require discussion amongst the teams and ACRM, responsible for the race management. Currently there is a high degree of goodwill and co-operation in the interests of ensuring safety but there will inevitably be differences during the process, as the teams all have different competitive strengths which they wish to protect.

The most contentious issues for ETNZ are the reduction in the wind limits and the prospect of flexible starting times.

The recommended reduction of the upper wind limits is more than we would have liked, but we always knew the 33 knot upper limit was not practical. It has been explained to us that the flexible starting time regime, intended for use in the windier conditions in the LVC, would involve the starting time only being brought forward when ACRM was sure that the wind speed would be over the upper limit at the scheduled start time.

This will clearly need the input and cooperation of the teams and we have made a proposal how this could work.

Modifications will be required to the various rule documents which govern the event. Changes to the Protocol and the Racing Rules require agreement from the majority of the teams, changes to the Class Rule requires the unanimous consent of the teams as does a document called the Newport Agreement which stipulates the format, schedule and start times of racing.

Thursday was a day of digestion and analysis ashore while our AC72 went for a sail and the external rule change process started on Friday with a three-hour meeting involving the four team’s rules advisors and ACRM.

Agreement was reached on which rule document would need to be modified to accommodate each recommendation and the next steps required.

Next there will be a series of meetings early in the coming week. I will join Jeremy Lomas and Chris Salthouse at a meeting on crew safety equipment, structural engineer Gio Belgrano at a meeting on structural issues, and Dean Barker at a skippers’ meeting to consider changes to the racing rules in the start area.

There will also be a need to work with technical director Nick Holroyd and his design team on the negotiations on the draft Class Rule changes which we are expecting from the Chief Measurer, Nick Nicholson.

A busy week coming up, but in the meantime the sailing will go on…”

Hey Lawyers! Why Don’t You Apply for the Attorney Position at the America’s Cup, If It Happens? See the Craigslist Ad!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Aren’t you worried that the richers running the America’s Cup 2013 might not have enough clerks to do the necessary paperwork and deal with those, those people who need to be dealt with?

Then you should step up and apply for the job yourself, why not?

Typical AC13 fans:

Commercial Lawyer: Full Time Positions (San Francisco)

The America’s Cup Event Authority ACEA is responsible for the staging and commercial enterprising of the 34th America’s Cup, comprising the South America’s Cup, the America’s Cup World Series 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Louis Vutton Cup (America’s Cup Challenger Series) in 2013 and the 34th America’s Cup Finals in 2013. The role would be to assist the General Counsel to fulfill the commercial legal obligations of ACEA. This position will be located in San Francisco, U.S.A.

The individual shall at all times display an entrepreneurial but collaborative mindset, including a collaborative approach to achieving the goals of ACEA, as well as the professional maturity, presence and diplomacy to maintain professionalism under the pressure associated with a fast-paced environment.

Key Responsibilities

• Provide strategic advice and legal opinion in relation to the business and affairs of ACEA.
• Draft, negotiate and advise on a wide range of new and existing commercial contracts, both related and not related to the series of events comprising the 34th America’s Cup.
• Assisting the General Counsel and sales teams with the packaging, marketing, sale and delivery of a new commercial rights program for the 34th America’s Cup.
• Drafting and negotiating contracts for the new commercial rights program, including multi-million dollar
media rights agreements, sponsorship agreements, venue agreements, licensing agreements, supplier and services agreement and other related commercial contracts.
• Drafting and advising internally in relation to a host of new and existing commercial contracts and related legal issues.
• Develop and maintain relationships with third party law firms and specialist counsel.
• Provide brand protection planning and support, including anti-ambush marketing activities on-site at and around the venues of events.
• Other duties as assigned by the General Counsel of ACEA.

Training and Experience

 University law degree or equivalent.
 Qualified lawyer admitted to practice law in his/her jurisdiction.
 Up to 10 years’ post-qualification experience as a commercial lawyer, preferably in a sports-related environment, a business law firm or a multi-national corporation.
 Relevant sponsorship and/or media rights experience would be highly valued.
 Fluent English with excellent drafting skills and high level of commercial awareness.


 Major events experience and/or a sports law background preferred, but not essential.
 Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills.
 Able to work analytically, rationally and quickly.
 Ability to work under pressure, to prioritize and to handle several projects at a time.
 Proficient in Mac and Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Keynote.
 A strong customer service focus as well as impeccable engagement, follow-through and adaptability with internal customers.
 A motivated individual that thrives under deadlines and fosters open communication.
 International experience and/or foreign language skills a plus.
 Available and prepared to work holidays, weekends and evenings
 Willingness to travel to international events

About the America’s Cup:
Nearly 160 years old, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. Initially a one-on-one competition between teams representing foreign yacht clubs, the America’s Cup has evolved into one of the world’s leading sporting competitions – featuring the best sailors on the world’s fastest boats -the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans. The 34th America’s Cup Finals will be held in San Francisco in the fall of 2013, with the new America’s Cup World Series beginning in 2011. For more information, visit

  • Location: San Francisco
  • Compensation: TBD: Based on Qualifications
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