Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Fisher's View- Three in a row

by Bob Fisher on 19 Apr 2007
Bob Fisher

Three complete days were lost during the first round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup in Auckland in 2003 for a variety of reasons, but they were not, like the situation in 2007, successive, and certainly not all for a complete lack of wind.

As we hardened observers of sailing know to our cost, the most frequently heard phrase at a regatta is: 'It’s not normally like this here,' often followed by: 'you should have been here last week.'

While we are hearing the first of those remarks, we are not offered the panacea of the second, because it would not be any compensation – it rained.

We have been offered the reason for the lack of wind – the land is too cold and because of the clear skies at night, the temperatures are dropping to single figures and there is not enough time for the land to heat up to stimulate the thermal circulation for race time. Hence the glassy sea that has become the hallmark of this regatta.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, according to a man who should know – Joan Aymani, one of the Desafio Espanol meteorologists. He was prepared to put his entire pension fund on there being one race tomorrow.

The race schedule is now well off the pace and it will certainly mean that Round Robin 1 will be completed after the inviolate rest day next Tuesday, the day on which mode alterations can be made to any boat, or other boats substituted. So, some of Round Robin 1 races (and there is the threat of an increasing number) may take place with quite different boats to the earlier part of the round.

Then, the completion of Round Robin Two may necessitate more than one race being held each day, and if the round is not completed by May 7th, only those races that can affect the outcome of which four go into the semi-finals will be held. I can almost guarantee that one or other of the lawyers of a team that loses a race because of this crying 'Foul.'

Tomorrow morning that we should learn more about Public Interpretation number 22, the one concerning the possibility of canting keels. Ken McAlpine, the Technical Director of the America’s Cup Class, who issued the interpretation last June, has agreed to meet the press. We live in hope that he will explain the interpretation fully, but understand that he cannot reveal the name of the team posing the questions.

ENDS
NaiadZhik ZKG 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

America's Cup - Changes proposed to control future Cup options
Changes are being mooted to put the America's Cup on a longer-term footing according to the Daily Telegraph (UK) News that changes are being mooted to put the America's Cup on a longer-term footing is being floated in the Daily Telegraph (UK) by the British Challenger, Land Rover BAR. According to the Telegraph, some of the teams in the 2017 America's Cup are keen to lock-in parameters which would bind successive holders of the a style and frequency for the next America's Cup Match.
Posted on 8 Jun
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Terrific battle in Oyster Regatta Antigua finale
On the final day, two of the three Classes were so close that the winners were decided on the last race. On the final day, two of the three Classes were so close that the winners were decided on the last race. Spectacular sailing conditions prevailed with a brisk 20 knots of wind from the south east. Oyster yachts are built to sail the oceans and revelled in the conditions.
Posted on 12 Apr
34th America's Cup - Oracle pumping claims are flawed - Update
Claims that Oracle Team USA broke the manual propulsion rules in the 34th America's Cup are seriously flawed Claims by an American journalist, Bruce Knecht that Oracle Team USA broke the manual propulsion rules in the 2013 America's Cup are seriously flawed. The allegations received considerable airplay in New Zealand on Friday and over the weekend.
Posted on 6 Mar
America's Cup - Another win for Oracle Team USA in California Courts
America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA has been successful in its legal effort to swat away another complaint America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA has been successful in its legal effort to swat away a complaint brought by former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell. Mitchell's complaint against his former team was dismissed by a San Francisco Court on Wednesday. The amount of damage/injury claimed was stated as $400,000.
Posted on 12 Feb
America's Cup - No action against Kiwi sailor, but rule changes made
The International Sailing Federation has changed the process for Rule 69 Hearings in line with CAS recommendations One of the Oracle Team USA crew members found by the International Jury to have been involved in boat tampering activities with the America's Cup World Series regattas ahead of the 34th America's Cup has not been further penalised by the International Sailing Federation.
Posted on 19 Nov 2015
America's Cup - ISAF and Cup Jury summonsed by California Court
Five members of the AC34 Int Jury and the Int Sailing Federation have been summonsed by a San Francisco Court The International Sailing Federation, the controlling body for world sailing, and the five individuals who made up the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup have been summonsed by a San Francisco Court, to answer a lawsuit.
Posted on 9 Sep 2015
Dean Barker's Blog - Back into the racing
Five times America's Cup helmsman Dean Barker gives his view on his split with Team New Zealand and life since Writing on his blog at Kiwi Yachting Consultants' websites, of which he is a substantial shareholder and director, five times America's Cup helmsman Dean Barker gives his view on life since Team NZ. This is my first blog for quite some time. In fact since September last year when I was still a part of Team NZ racing in Istanbul for the Extreme Sailing Series.
Posted on 20 Apr 2015
America's Cup- Mitchell fires new salvo at ISAF Jury Officials
Matthew Mitchellhas advised that he has filed complaints of Gross Misconduct against all five Americas Cup jury members Matthew Mitchell, previously a member of Oracle Team USA, has issued a media release advising that he has filed complaints of Gross Misconduct against all five Americas Cup jury members with the sport's International governing body (ISAF). This action follows on from his recent claims about the actions of another team member Simeon Tienpont, now with Challenger Luna Rossa.
Posted on 5 Feb 2015
America's Cup- Oracle crew mate lodges ISAF complaint against Tienpont
Last Friday, former OTUSA's Matthew Mitchell issued a media release stating that he has lodged a complaint with the ISAF Last Friday, former Oracle Team USA team member, Matthew Mitchell issued a media release stating that he has lodged a complaint with the International Sailing Federation over the actions of a fellow crew member, Simeon Tienpont, and inaction by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, in San Francisco.
Posted on 28 Jan 2015