After loosing the first four days of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup because of no wind, the schedule has been revised to restart the regatta from today (Friday 20 April).
A meeting this morning between Regatta Director Dyer Jones and representatives of the eleven teams competing in the Louis Vuitton Cup agreed to 'reboot' the regatta, starting today with Flights 1 and 2 (weather permitting) and then continue the racing with consecutive flights until Round Robin One is completed, hopefully by Wednesday, April 25, with Thursday April 26 and Friday April 27 currently earmarked as reserve days.
Any matches lost will be raced at the earliest opportunity on the next race day. This is a change from the current system, where matches, or flights that cannot be completed on schedule are pushed to the back of the program.
BMW ORACLE Racing was represented at the meeting by Business Director, Russell Green. 'We are pleased that the Race Committee has not started racing so far in marginal conditions. It is paramount that the quality of racing is maintained. We have all worked for the past three or four years to prepare for this event.'
While agreement has been reached on the plans for Round Robin One, discussions are to continue before the remaining Louis Vuitton Cup schedule – Round Robin Two, the Semi Finals and the Finals – is finally agreed. More meetings will be held tonight and possibly continue over the weekend.
'We recognize that going forward the racing schedule may have to be further revised to ensure that the fundamental principle of good quality racing is observed,' said Green.
Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin One Revised Schedule:
Friday 20 April - Flights 1 and 2: USA 98 vs United Internet Team Germany and China Team
Saturday 21 April - Flights 3 and 4: USA 98 vs Team Shosholoza and Victory Challenge
Sunday 22 April - Flights 5 and 6: USA 98 vs Luna Rossa Challenge and bye
Monday 23 April - Flights 7 and 8: USA 98 vs Areva Challenge and +39 Challenge
Tuesday 24 April - Flights 9 and 10: USA 98 vs Mascalzone Latino Capitalia and Desafio Espanol
Wednesday 25 April - Flight 11: USA 98 vs Emirates Team New Zealand
Thursday 26 April - First Reserve Day
Friday 27 April - Second Reserve Day
Any missed matches will be raced on the next available race day, not moved to the back of the program as originally.