Five days lost out of Six; Bob Fisher reports; Corporate hospitality at the Louis Vuitton Cup

22 Apr 2007

Editorial: Will tomorrow be a better day?

As close as it got to a race start on Day 6 of the Louis Vuitton Cup  BMW Oracle Racing ©Photo - Gilles Martin-Raget

Welcome to Sail-World.Com’s America’s Cup newsletter .

Six days of racing scheduled. One day of racing complete, is the scorecard thus far in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup.

The vociferous chastising that Auckland took in 2003 over the number of race days lost in 2003 and its effect that was having on the Cup, seems rather ironical in the current circumstances.

To put Auckland in perspective, in the 73 day duration of the Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup, 26 days (35.6%) were postponed due to inclement weather - at both ends of the scale.

While there is no point in crying over split milk, maybe in future events, the marketing mandarins will listen to the sailors and race officials, realising that no venue is perfect. And to have racing, first you must have some certainty on the wind.

As we saw yesterday all seems to be quickly forgotten once racing does get underway, but that is not really the point. The damage has been done, and to have this level of uncertainty in an event of the magnitude of the Louis Vuitton Cup is just as unacceptable in Valencia, as it was said to be in Auckland.

In our frustration we can but joke about the present, and look forward to better times, I’m sure.

However this is a joke that is wearing rather thin.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


Fisher's View: The return of El Nono
By Bob Fisher,
It’s the time that the first race of Flight 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup first round robin should start, but out on both courses, the northern Romeo and the southern Juliet, only the faintest zephyrs were present to ruffle the surface of the Mediterranean, not enough to stir action into the race officers, Peter Reggio and Harold Bennett... [more]

Another windless day at the Louis Vuitton Cup
By America's Cup Media,
On the first scheduled weekend of racing at the Louis Vuitton Cup a large spectator fleet assembled on a sunny and warm Saturday to watch the action, but once again the wind didn’t cooperate, and there was no racing. It’s the fifth day to have racing postponed due to a lack of wind.... [more]

Corporate hospitality at the Louis Vuitton Cup
By Sail-World,
While the racing might not have been a strong feature thus far at the Louis Vuitton Cup, the corporate hospitality continues unabated. BMW Oracle Racing are very well organised in this regard, and we present this image gallery from Day 6 on the water at Valencia.... [more]

Desafío Español hoists sails but wind dies
By Desafío Español,
Luis Doreste, the sports director and strategist of Desafío Español 2007, explained that at 14.30 the strength of the wind increased to 7 knots 'it was possible for us to hoist sails and sail a little bit, but from that point the wind died away until at 16.30 the Regatta Committee decided to postpone the regattas.'... [more]

Emirates: Day 6 and breeze does another 'no show'
By Warren Douglas, Emirates Team NZ,
No racing today, Day 6 of the Louis Vuitton challenger series. Again the breeze across both race courses failed to build or settle. Team meteorologists had predicted a day of light winds with a high probability that racing would be impossible.... [more]

+39 Challenge test mast but no wind for racing
By +39 Challenge,
+39 Challenge had the opportunity to mount and test the generation 5 mast, that over the last ten days has been completely rebuilt after the collision during Act 13.... [more]

Here's Larry - Larry Ellison hands-on BMW ORACLE boss
By Jo Gawith,
All the way through its 156-year history, the America’s Cup has been a story written by powerful and ambitious people caught up in the passion of an event that offers no prize money, but enormous prestige. Now Larry Ellison, CEO of the software giant Oracle and owner of the BMW ORACLE Racing team goes hands-on in Valencia . . .... [more]

Louis Vuitton Cup Saturday - Racing Abandoned
By Sail-World,
Louis Vuitton Cup Saturday - Racing Abandoned at 16:15... [more]

Ian Walker on +39 races and mast problems
By +39 media,
Ian Walker discusses the first races and the continuing mast problems for the +39 Challenge team. After ten days and nights work, the classical unexpected technical problem arose and the team from +39 were forced to re-step the Alinghi’s generation 4 mast on ITA85 for Fridays opening races - as they lost both matches against Areva and Desafio Espanol... [more]

Mascalzone Latino are early heroes at LV Cup
By America's Cup Media,
Following four difficult days where racing was postponed due to a lack of wind, the Louis Vuitton Cup started on Friday with Flights 1 and 2. The Italian Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team were the early heroes, beating the top ranked challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand in Flight 1.... [more]

Desafío Español 2007 wins over +39
By Desafío Español,
In the pre-start, Desafío Español 2007 fought a close duel with the Italian boat in a manoeuvre which resulted in the Spanish team being penalised - a move that they had to carry out before the end of the regatta.... [more]

Stars & Stripes e Mighty Mary - AC history
By Hamish Ross,
On this day the 21st April, in 1995, in the three-way Citizens Cup Defender Trials, Dennis Conner’s Stars and Stripes defeated Bill Koch’s Mighty Mary by 1 minute and 2 seconds in San Diego in a light breeze of 9-10 knots.... [more]

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