America's Cup Match - Day 7: Preview - Match Point for Alinghi
Good morning from sunny Valencia. It is another warm, bright, summer day but it could also turn out to be the last time that Valencia Sailing reports on the 32nd America's Cup, at least as far as racing is concerned. Alinghi are at their first match point and by tonight they can very well be the winners of the oldest sporting trophy for the second time in a row.
Obviously, we shouldn't count the kiwis out and we can be sure they will fight as hard as they can, we might even see an incredibly spectacular prestart with Dean Barker. According to Alinghi's mainsail trimmer, Warwick Fleury, "it’s match point so we will try to finish it off today and if not, we have still got another two shots at it. The racing is very, very close. None of them have been easy and we are expecting more of the same today. It will be business as usual but we will certainly be trying for it."
ClearPoint weather overview
The ClearPoint weather forecast this morning is again pessimistic. It only predicts 6 knots at 3pm.
ClearPoint satellite overview of the Iberian peninsula at 9am Valencia Time. It's another bright, sunny, summer day but cloud cover will increase during the day.
ClearPoint wind forecast for 3pm in Valencia at 1km resolution, calculated at 9am Valencia Time. The model is currently predicting around 6 knots, direction 120 degrees
Weather forecast by the America's Cup organizers
A developing low pressure to the west of Valencia sees a return to light southerly gradient winds, but substantial high cloud cover limits the development of sea breezes. Wind starts 5-7 knots east southeast, then builds and gradually to a peak of 9-11 knots by late afternoon and veers to southeast. Substantial high cloud cover – Temperature 29 degrees.
Alinghi's public weather forecast
Sea breeze conditions east-south easterly 8-10 knots possibly up to 12, decreasing early afternoon. Partly cloudy from 15:00 T. max 29°