The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced the appointment of the International Jury for the 34th America’s Cup.
The 34th America’s Cup Match is planned to be held in 2013, with lead up events commencing in 2011. A new class of boat, a 72 foot wing sail catamaran is currently being developed as is a new shorter race format.
The Jury will handle all disputes that may arise in this Cup cycle including the lead up events and the America’s Cup match.
“ISAF is pleased to appoint the independent body to provide a fair arbitration process for the 34th America’s Cup”, said David Kellett, ISAF Treasurer and Executive Board member responsible for the America’s Cup.
The five-person International Jury will be:
David Tillett (AUS) Chairman
A lawyer in Australia, David has been an International Judge for 20 years and is the current Chairman of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee. He has been a juror at the 31st, 32nd and 33rd America’s Cup’s as well as an Umpire at the 28th and 29th America’s Cups.
He has been a Jury Member at four Olympic Games, and Chairman in 2004 and 2008.
John Doerr (GBR)
An Arbitrator specialising in the engineering field. John has been an International Judge since 1987 and an International Umpire since 1980. He is a past Chairman of the ISAF Race Officials Committee.
He was a Jury member and Chief Umpire for the 29th and 33rd America’s Cups and a Jury Member and Chief Umpire at the last four Olympic Games.
Josje Hofland (NED)
Josje has a Doctorate in English Literature and Linguistics. An International Judge since 1992 and an International Umpire between 1992 and 2000. She is a past Chairman of various ISAF Race Officials Committees and a member of the Racing Rules Committee between 1995 and 2008. She was a Jury member in the 29th and 33rd America’s Cup. For the 29th America’s Cup she filled the role of Chief Umpire in the Challenger Finals and Deputy Chief Umpire in the America’s Cup match.
Josje has also been a member of the Jury in three Olympic Games.
Graham McKenzie (New Zealand)
A distinguished Barrister at Law and a solicitor in New Zealand. Graham is a competing sailor in keelboats. He is a member of the ISAF Constitution Committee.
He was a Jury member for the 32nd and 33rd America’s Cup.
Bryan Willis (Great Britain)
An Arbitration specialist and a Magistrate in the lower criminal court in Great Britain. Bryan has been an International judge since 1976 and an International Umpire between 1980 and 2004. He was an integral member of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee for 20 years between 1980 and 2000. Bryan was a Jury member and Chief Umpire in the 28th America’s Cup, Chairman of the Jury and Chief Umpire in the 30th and 31st America’s Cup, Chairman of the Jury and Arbitration Panel for the 32nd America’s Cup and member of the Jury for the 33rd America’s Cup.
He was a Jury member for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and Jury Chairman of the 2000 Olympic Games and also Jury Chairman for the last three Volvo Ocean Races.
Image: David Tillett (AUS) (right) Chairman of the Jury and Bryan Willis (GBR) Image credit: © Jonathan Drake/Getty Images