America's Cup jury meets, no word on decision yet 

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  • New Zealand picked up the first point of the Louis Vuitton Cup series Sunday while Luna Rossa boycotted.

The America's Cup international jury heard protests from Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa on Monday regarding proposed rule changes after Andrew "Bart" Simpson of Artemis Racing was killed in a capsize May 9, but there isn't expected to be a ruling until today, or more likely, Wednesday.

"Just finished #juryhearing," America's Cup CEO Stephen Barclay tweeted Monday. "Long day. Hope 4 decision tomorrow but prob Wednesday."

On Sunday, New Zealand picked up the first point of the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers series when it completed the course alone after Luna Rossa boycotted until a decision had been made by the jury.

The death of Simpson led regatta director Iain Murray to make 37 safety recommendations, including changes to the winglets on the rudders that he says will make the catamarans more stable, particularly as they speed downwind riding only on hydrofoils.

Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand protested, saying Murray doesn't have the authority to unilaterally change the rules. They say their boats were designed and built under the old rules and they don't have time to build new rudders and, perhaps more importantly, test them. They've also said they feel the change gives an advantage to Ellison's defending champion Oracle Team USA, which will spend the next two months testing its two boats.

While Luna Rossa chose not to race Sunday, it was out on the Bay on Monday practicing.

The next round-robin race in the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers series is scheduled for today at 12:15 p.m. between New Zealand and Artemis Racing. However, it will be a solo race once again for the Kiwis because Artemis' first boat was destroyed in the capsize that killed Simpson and the Swedish-based team won't have its new boat ready for sea trials for about two weeks. — Staff, wire report

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