Unstable Weather Foils Race 1 Of 33rd America's Cup
A passing cold front puts a halt to the much anticipated showdown between the giant multihulls...
Valencia, Spain - (2010-02-08)
VALENCIA, Spain (8 February 2010) – Today's scheduled Race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup Match was postponed due to light
and unstable winds on the Mediterranean Sea.
The Alinghi team was looking forward to racing the 90ft catamaran Alinghi 5 after seven months of testing and trialling,
but now they'll have to wait until Wednesday for the next opportunity.
“It was very light,” said navigator Juan Vila. “We had some puffs up to 6 knots but they didn't last long. The direction
also was random, mostly from the west but not enough for a fair race. The forecast didn't look promising once the wind
got variable, so I think it was a good decision not to race today.”
Alinghi´s weather team predicted winds around 10 knots today, but showers from a passing cold front disrupted the
“Ahead of the cold front was a weak southerly gradient with lots of clouds and some showers,” said Jack Katzfey, team
meteorologist. “The mountains in Valencia disrupted the winds and killed any chance of a flow developing. It was
supposed to get lighter, but it got a lot lighter.”
The day was officially called at 13:50, after the Alinghi sailors had been on the water for more than seven hours. They
departed the team base in the Port America's Cup this morning at 06:30 engulfed in darkness, with temporary running
lights affixed on the hulls and aft cross beam for the tow to the start line.
Today would've marked the 13th race in an America's Cup Match for Alinghi dating back to 2003. Instead, it was the
eighth postponement experienced by the Defender from the Société Nautique de Genève.
“We knew the conditions would be like this here. We can't count on every day being perfect to have a race,” Vila said.
“Today, unfortunately, wasn't, but I'm pretty sure we'll find another day to have a fair race. It's important that when
the starting gun goes off it's a fair race for everyone.”
Race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup is scheduled for Wednesday, weather permitting.