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America's Cup - First too little wind. Now, too much sea

by . on 11 Feb 2010

Welcome to Sail-World.com's special America's Cup newsletter

Greetings from Valencia late on the evening of what should have been the second Race Day of the 33rd America's Cup.

Principal Race Officer, Harold Bennett, once again called the race off without firing a shot, after an overnight storm offshore left a very confused cross sea, which he considered unsafe for racing in these giant multihulls.

In this edition, we have the audio of the media conference given by Bennett late this afternoon in Valencia.

Bob Fisher gives two views of the last two days in Valencia, and like many in the media centre is struggling to understand how the Deed of Gift, which has so dominated America's Cup events over the past few months, now seems to have been told to go and stand in the corner, for the week.

Your humble scribe, confused at this turn of events, continues Bob's theme, and looks at the same issue from a couple of different angles.


The weather looks set to play an ongoing role in this 33rd America's Cup with, believe it or not, snow predicted for Friday. Like the racing so far in the Cup - we'll believe it when we see it.

We have two correspondents providing excellent photo-essays of life around Valencia, the Darcena and the bases.


For all race day coverage we have a link set up to BMW Oracle Racing's fine coverage which is linked to their corporate hospitality program - there's plenty of great interviews and sessions from the BMW Oracle Racing theatre set up in their base.


However, the corporate hospitality programs have fallen foul of the local maritime authority, which will only allow the superyachts hired to take VIP's out to the race course, to venture just six miles offshore. BMW Oracle Racing have, we understand, a cunning plan, and should be back in full swing in a day or so. We have the story of the machinations of the Spanish bureaucracy in this edition.

The next race is scheduled for Friday, the weather gurus don't seem too optimistic about that one either, but are pretty comfortable with the maybe first race on Sunday.


We are carrying the feed from BMW Oracle Racing on Sail-World.com. www.sail-world.com/NZ/Americas-Cup---Racing-with-Live-Video-on-Sail-World.com/66219!Click_here _for_the Link

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell

Sail-World's America's Cup News Editor

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