AC World Series - Cascais 2011 - Racing Day 1 Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 7 August 2011
Overnight three major sailing events got underway in earnest.
In Cascais, Portugal the much vaunted opening of the America's Cup World series got underway, with three races being sailed - eventually.
Racing got underway in the fog and with light winds, before being abandoned. Then more breeze cracked in. Conditions did not show AC45 racing at it best, however had monohulls been used, there probably would have been no racing at all. For those who were asleep, there is unfortunately no replay coverage available as yet. Please check on www.sail-world.com, and we'll advise if this situation changes. Television New Zealand has the rights for the America's Cup, and World Series, and will be screening some racing - so those with recorders will be able to watch the full coverage, if live sailing doesn't suit.
Bob Fisher was blown away with the event in Cascais - from his viewpoint aboard Artemis Racing. We have his unique perspective on the day, and the Practice Day in this edition of Sail-World.
In Weymouth, England, the Pre-Olympics are now fully underway. New Zealand crews are performing moderately well, with some probably lower down the fleet than expected. We have Yachting NZ's reports in this edition, plus overseas coverage, and will be updating on www.sail-world.com during the week.
Extreme 40's - Cowes, Day 1 Ben Gladwell
Further up the coast in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the Extreme 40's are underway. Again conditions were light during the day, but cracked in later on.
While Emirates Team NZ are carrying all before them in Cascais, it is not quite so 'easy' in Cowes and the team have it all before them. But to be fair this is the normal starting position for Emirates Team NZ on the opening day of an Extreme Sailing regatta, and they seem to rise to the occasion. Sail-World has a photographer in Cowes, Ben Gladwell, and we have his images in this edition of Sail-World. Given his racing commitments in Cowes Week, are hopeful of more each day during the week.
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