Bob Fisher on Measurement; Four days of racing lost - what now? Musto Screensaver; Eric Doyle audio clip

20 Apr 2007

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Editorial: Some sailing but no racing

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

Although the teams were sailing, there was no racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup for the fourth successive day, and of course, there has been no racing n the event.

Opinions are divided on when racing will start.

The team weather gurus are moderately upbeat in the official prognostications about prospects for the weekend. However the BBC temperature charts are less upbeat, showing that the high was today and that land temperatures will fall progressively over the next few days, along with a fall in windstrength.

Hurry up and Wait, Emirates Team New Zealand style on Day 4  Emirates Team NZ/ ©Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ

The reality is that what will happen, will happen, and there is little point now in agonising over why the racing was scheduled for this time, why the schedule is so tight, and what the outcomes could be.

Ashore Chief Measurer, Ken McAlpine answered media questions on the Public Interpretations and particularly on the so-called 'canting keel' options under the America’s Cup Class rule. See Bob Fisher’s report about what McAlpine did and didn’t say.

BMW Oracle and Areva go through the pre-race warmup before racing was cancelled for the fourth succesive day at Valencia  BMW Oracle Racing ©Photo - Gilles Martin-Raget

Sail-World also has a new feature, for this America’s Cup, anyway. At the bottom of the BMW Oracle Racing story we have attached an audio clip with Eric Doyle. We have been running these clips with other sailing events and stories, but this is our first for the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup and we look forward to bring you more over the coming weeks.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


Fisher's View: Darkness Invisible
By Bob Fisher,
What was billed as a 'Press Briefing' with the Technical Director of the ACC Rule, Ken McAlpine, attracted many more of the syndicate lawyers and a broad swathe of the hierarchy of Luna Rossa, together with a handful from the design teams, than the interested journalists.... [more]

Images from Valencia: The Beautiful People
By Sail-World,
While there might not be a lot of action in the racing, the Louis Vuitton Cup has certainly attracted the glitterati to Port America's Cup.... [more]

The Race Schedule concertina explained
By Sail-World,
The racing schedule and what happens when days are lost due are prescribed in the Notice of Race which governs the conduct of the Louis Vuitton Cup. We reproduce the extract from the Notice of Race, which sets out the progressive ladder which organisers must follow if the racing schedule becomes compressed for reasons such as we are seeing now off Valencia.... [more]

Racing delayed again at the Louis Vuitton Cup
By America's Cup Media,
Conditions proved unsuitable for racing again at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia. Four full days of racing have now had to be postponed due to the wind never having been strong and stable enough to start a match.... [more]

Measurer Ken explains the Public Interpretations
By America's Cup Media,
Question and Answer session with Chief Measurer Ken McAlpine as he explains the process behind Public Interpretations.... [more]

No wind in Valencia – no races for German team
By Oliver Laskowsky, United Internet Team Germany,
The Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia is in still in the doldrums on its fourth day. The United Internet Team Germany and the other ten challenger teams at the 32nd America’s Cup could not race a single match race.... [more]

Emirates TNZ: Day 4: the breeze still stays away
By Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand,
Four days into the Louis Vuitton challengers elimination series – and still not a race has been sailed. There seemed some hope on the south course today, where Emirates Team New Zealand was due to race United Internet Team Germany, when the breeze edged up towards 7 knots from the east.... [more]

Stuck in the Doldrums - Day 4 cancelled
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
The Louis Vuitton Cup remained stuck in the Doldrums today as the fourth day in succession passed without any racing. Although the America’s Cup fleet has the luxury of being towed back to base every night, the sense of frustration is high. At the same time there is general agreement that the Race Committee is correct in holding out for suitable racing conditions.... [more]

America´s Cup Day 4 : - Oh! So Close . . . .
By Gerald New,
The fourth day of insufficient wind for the America´s Cup teams waiting to start the round robin series of the Louis Vuitton trophy. Not unexpected as that was as forecast. Friday looking like a real chance with a reasonable breeze and maybe some cooling showers later if the inland thunderstorms reach Valencia - Weekend looking good... [more]

Wind prospects not looking good to Sunday in Spain
By BMW Oracle Racing blog,
The BMW Oracle Racing blog reports on the weather prospects for Day 4 of Round Robin 1 of the Louis Vuitton Cup... [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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