SAN FRANCISCO — Defending champion Oracle Team USA has been docked two points in the America's Cup match against Emirates Team Zealand and a key sailor was expelled in the harshest penalties levied in the 162-year history of sailing's marquee regatta.
The penalties were announced Tuesday by an international jury that has spent four weeks investigating illegal modifications of prototype boats used in warmup regattas last year and earlier this year.
Oracle Team USA, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., must win 11 races to retain the oldest trophy in international sports. Team New Zealand must still win nine races to claim the silver trophy.
The first two races are scheduled for Saturday on San Francisco Bay.
Dirk de Ridder, who trims the wing sail, is barred from sailing in the regatta.