A pair of rulings were this afternoon released by the America's Cup International Jury regarding the "allegations of gross misconduct" leveled against host Oracle Team USA.
The scuttlebutt: A group of sailors and crew members conspired to illegally add weight to two racing boats; several had full knowledge what they were doing violated numerous rules; and others, in the jury's estimation, should have known.
Four sailors and crew members have been banned or suspended from further America's Cup proceedings. Oracle Team USA, meanwhile, has been fined $250,000 and will on Saturday begin its showdown with Emirates Team New Zealand two races in the hole in the best-of-17 series.
That fine will be split between the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation -- started in memory of the British Olympian killed in May when Team Artemis' boat disintegrated in routine conditions -- and a "charitable organisation selected by the Mayor of San Francisco to provide support to at-risk youth in the San Francisco Bay area."
The biggest name given the boot by the jury -- both in standing and in length -- was Dirk de Ridder.
The jury found that Oracle's "wing trimmer" was "in gross breach of a rule and good conduct" when he did the following:
The Jury is comfortably satisfied that:
Dirk gave the instruction or direction to add the weight to the forward king post;
Dirk knew the weight had been added;
Dirk knew it was a breach of the AC45 Class Rule;
Dirk did not tell the truth in the hearing in this regard.