Coutts tells Kiwis: “You can skip this meeting with the other challengers”

Associated Press, published in the South China Morning Post:

If America's Cup challengers are to get on the same tack as defending champions Oracle Team USA heading into the next regatta, they will do so without Emirates Team New Zealand – at least for the time being.

America's Cup boss Russell Coutts said he told the Kiwis not to come to a meeting in London on Tuesday at which competitors would try to hash out differences after a week of bruising publicity.

Coutts is chief executive of Oracle Team USA and head of the America's Cup Event Authority.

He said the event authority was working with the teams “to further define an event based on the published protocol”. Coutts said that after he heard from another team the Kiwis did not want to proceed on that basis, “I rang them up and said, 'It's best that you not come.' We have four other challenging teams and the defender that want to work together to have a great event this time and in the future.”

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