America’s Cup sailor faces five-year ban

Author:
Updated:
Original:

America’s Cup sailor Dirk de Ridder was reportedly suspended from sanctioned events for five years by sailing’s international governing body.

Two people with knowledge of the decision spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the suspension is being appealed.

Unless a review board or the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturns the suspension, it effectively ends de Ridder’s sailing career. The 41-year-old would be banned from the 2017 America’s Cup. He also would lose a $500,000 contract to sail in the Volvo Ocean Race, which begins later this year.

The reported suspension stems from an international jury punishment of members of America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA, including de Ridder, after an investigation of the illegal modification of boats used in warm-up regattas.

De Ridder said via email from his home in the Netherlands that he couldn’t comment on his case. He was banished from the 2013 America’s Cup and Oracle Team USA was docked two points by the international jury four days before the opening races of the regatta on San Francisco Bay in September.

Paul Henderson, a former ISAF president and former International Olympic Committee member, told the AP by phone from his Toronto home that he’d never heard of such a harsh penalty and that the case raises serious questions about whether de Ridder and others received due process.

“If you’re [Olympic sprinter] Ben Johnson and you won a gold medal and then got caught doping and were only banned for two years, and A-Rod [Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez] is only out for a year, and then there’s somebody that it’s questionable whether he had anything to do with it, I don’t understand,” Henderson said.

Related

NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.