The first controversy of the Bay Area’s introduction to the America’s Cup World Series stemmed from technical difficulties on the umpires’ boat.
The officials use a digital text-messaging system to communicate with the skippers of the competing teams — a system that crashed during the second race between Team Korea and Ben Ainslie Racing.
Ordinarily, if a team commits a penalty that gives it an advantage, the boat will be instructed by the umpires to slow and allow the other team to make up for the lost time. Because the umpires had to reboot their system before communicating with Team Korea, skipper Nathan Outteridge was not notified until several minutes had passed since the false start.
No decision had been made as of Wednesday afternoon regarding any possible consequences stemming from the technical difficulties.