Fisher on the lowlife shorelife; No racing again in windless Valencia; The Spanish way

18 Apr 2007

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Editorial: Hurry up and wait !

Sun sinks on Day 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup  BMW Oracle Racing ©Photo - Gilles Martin-Raget
Welcome to Sail-World.Com’s America’s Cup newsletter for Day 2 of 'racing' at the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup.

Light winds again precluded any racing in Valencia, as the light breeze just never built to the seven knots and steady direction required for racing.

Thus far two days have been lost in a tight racing schedule.

The options have already become very difficult for organisers. However there is still slack left in the schedule – even if another day was lost – and organisers were able to get two races in per day and used the last reserve day.

Our (obvious) pick is that from here on, the racing will go to two races per day, until the series is complete. Organisers will only use the final reserve day as a last resort, as this would allow only a one day gap between the end of Round Robin 1 and the start of Round Robin 2.

However the weather prognosis for Valencia appears to be more of the same, and if there is no racing tomorrow the options become very reduced.

Next step is to go to three races per day – which is not impossible if there was an early breeze. But this makes it very hard on teams who suffer a gear failure particularly in the opening race(s) of the day.

For those used to the match racing circuit, losing a couple of days out of a schedule and then playing catchup is no big deal, but these aren’t supplied match racing boats, and the potential and consequences of gear failure is high.

The only consolation for organisers is that had the LVC been held in Auckland over the last couple of days, they wouldn’t have got any racing away either. Light and shifty has also been the name of the game on the Hauraki Gulf, for the past few days.

With little to report from on the water, Bob Fisher gives us another insight into the shore life in Valencia, we also have images and reports from the Challengers. Sorry no moviestars on the water today!

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

PS If you get tired of watching replays on TV - buy the Louis Vuitton Acts 1-12 DVD (see story below) and you can see them at your leisure, anytime!


Fisher's View: Crime pays - for someone
By Bob Fisher,
The Valencia police are clamping down on crime, or making an effort to make its own presence felt. But rather that tackling the muggings and the thefts, the protectors of the law have turned to the team members riding bicycles, and finding them an easy target.... [more]

Emirates: The sun’s out but the breeze stays away
By Warren Douglas, Emirates Team NZ,
Beautiful sunny weather in Valencia again today, but no breeze to speak of, certainly not enough to go racing. Racing was abandoned again after crews and spectators had waited patiently for more than two hours for the breeze to fill in.... [more]

America's Cup - The Spanish solution
By Gerald New,
The Spanish Metro, a free newspaper, had this cartoon Tuesday that catches perfectly the way a Spaniard will always have a contrary opinion. No decision in Spain is reached without considerable, often animated, discussion... [more]

A slow but busy start to the Louis Vuitton Cup
By America's Cup Media,
Following a four year programme of racing across Europe, on Monday the first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup was scheduled. For the first time, the challengers were sailing for their lives, with elimination looming after two Round Robins.... [more]

Waiting in Valencia
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
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German team is still waiting for wind at LVC
By Oliver Laskowsky / United Internet Team Germany,
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Slow, Slow, Stop - The AC no-wind shuffle continues
By AC Media/GJN,
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America's Cup - Standing on the outside looking in
By Gerald New,
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New America's Cup DVD released - a Must Buy!
By Sail-World,
The second in a series of America's Cup DVD's has been released by New Zealand based production company, Mediawave. An outstanding production, this DVD is notable not only for capturing the highlights of the 12 Louis Vuitton Acts sailed in four countries. The camera work is outstanding as is the sight of AC yachts racing against the scenic backdrops of Valencia (Spain), Marseille (France), Malmo (Sweden) and Trapani (Italy).... [more]

On Gamers - Americas Cup
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2007 America's Cup

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