A review into American Magic's dramatic capsize has caused a raft of safety changes for the remainder of the Prada and America's Cups.
Before last Sunday's capsize, a team was disqualified after they had received outside assistance. But officials will now stop a race immediately if a boat again turns over.
"After reviewing what happened last weekend when it took almost five minutes for that assistance to be given, we felt there was a four minute window of opportunity that the help could've been give straight to the yacht," Prada Cup race director Ian Murray says. "It's become very clear to everyone when a boat capsizes is 99 percent likely to be out of the race so we are trying to bring the saftey forward."
They've also changed the shape of the preferred course C to allow racing to happen in more types of wind directions.
"Over a long period, the races were mapped over five areas but it became obvious to me being here and living in the winds that there is a very good area in course C," Murray says. 'The priotrity of the regetta for the people and racing is to make it work in course C,"
As it stands, Team UK are two points clear of the Italians. If Sir Ben Ainsley's side claim victory on Saturday, they will wrap up top spot and a place in the Prada Cup final.
But if Luna Rossa grab the spoils, it sets-up a dramatic final race on Sunday and if Jimmy Spithill's men claim grab victory it will leave them equal on points.
This would mean the Italians would progress as winners of the final head-to-head encounter, which is the tiebreaker rule, so both have plenty to race for, despite the Amercians' absence this weekend.
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