Bob Fisher on the Race Schedule; No racing again in Valencia; Musto screensaver

19 Apr 2007

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Editorial: Flatter than Twiggy's chest


Welcome to Sail-World.Com’s America’s Cup newsletter for Day 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup

Three days into the event, and we are yet to see a race start. The record is said to be five consecutive days lost (Auckland 2003). However from memory this was not all from a lack of wind – but more a combination of not enough, too much, or too shifty.

Sorry to say, some sources are reporting from Valencia that the weather will be no better tomorrow, or maybe even the day later.

Already this loss has now caused a re-jigging of the race schedule and racing will now take place during Round Robin 2. Bob Fisher explains what is happening in this regard, and it doesn’t take too much imagination to see what is going to happen if further days are lost.

The effect of racing two races a day in the second round will be very significant for any team that suffers damage – either through their own error, or as we saw in the case of +39 – as a result of an error by other competitors.

Some of the comments are becoming a little pointed. 'You gotta laugh. No doubt Alinghi is -- just what the Defender had in mind when they scheduled AC 32 to start in April instead of June or even May when the seabreeze is more prevalent' wrote Tom Ehman, BMW Oracle Racing’s blogmeister in his preview on


Or, from Angus Phillips writing in the Washington Post:( 'Conditions looked right for a sea breeze but it never materialized, leaving race organizers scrambling for an explanation. 'We set the schedule to ensure good racing for the Cup match itself in June, when the sea breeze is reliable,' said Marcus Hutchinson, a spokesman for America's Cup Management. 'But then you have to count back to get the preliminaries in.'

Finally we are assured by sources actually on the Hauraki Gulf that racing would have been very possible on the first two days of the week, and certainly yesterday. We stand gratefully corrected.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


Fisher's View: Three in a row
By 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.... [more]

America´s Cup: Three strikes and your Out
By Gerald New,
Would that it were that simple - The player walks and on comes the next, the game moves on. But Sailing is unique in requiring the co-operation of a natural force in order to take place, not just to vary the conditions, but to provide the motive force. And the weather refuses to come out and play at Valencia... [more]

All talked out …
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
Most of the teams competing in the America’s Cup have large enough sailing squads to allow for crew rotations in the case of burn-out or injury during a crammed schedule of racing. But, without any racing yet in the Louis Vuitton Cup, crew changes are being considered for a different reason – to provide fresh topics of conversation as the yachts drift about waiting for wind.... [more]

Start gun has yet to fire
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
After three days of waiting for suitable racing breezes, the Louis Vuitton Cup Race Committee has yet to fire a starting gun. Today, the fleet was sent ashore once again after waiting in vain for two hours for the breeze to build and stabilise enough for racing.... [more]

Emirates TNZ: More of the same on Day 3
By Warren Douglas, Emirates Team NZ Media,
Racing on Day three of the Louis Vuitton challenger elimination series was abandoned today. The weather was much the same as yesterday – the breeze was never over six knots and race officials reluctantly called racing off at Pam local time. Three race days have now been lost in the regatta.... [more]

German team keeps on waiting
By Oliver Laskowsky / United Internet Team Germany,
The wind is still missing in Valencia – even on the third day of the Louis Vuitton Cup all races were abandoned. For the United Internet Team Germany this meant a cancellation of the races against Victory Challenge from Sweden and the Italian Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team. 'The waiting is enough now – we want to go sailing now', says floater Jan Schoepe after another uneventful day.... [more]

America's Cup: Day 3 comes and goes, without racing
Light conditions continue to wreak havoc at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia. After three scheduled race days, no matches have been sailed in Round Robin One... [more]

Download the latest Musto Screensaver now
By Sail-World,
Musto have an outstanding set of 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean race images on their latest screen saver. You can Download it now at [more]

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
Big Boats, Big Teams, Big Egos and Boat Loads of Cash - Yes the America's Cup is just about underway and you can compete. Just as we did with the Super 14 and the ICC Cricket World Cup, Sandfield have built an America's Cup online picking competition using On Game... [more]

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