Thursday, March 05, 2009

Luna Rossa... the day after

The sky in Valencia might be brighter today but it doesn't seem that the same applies to Luna Rossa, at least from what one can observe in the Italian base. After yesterday's terrible accident, the STP65 yacht is now tucked inside the shed on her cradle while the shore crew has taken one of the team's tenders off the water.

Conditions continue being very rough in Valencia and the strong westerly breeze keeps blowing unabated. We still have no official information on the extent of the mast breakage but it seems it will take some time before the Italian yacht resumes its training. According to the initial schedule, Luna Rossa's STP65 is planned to race in the Hublot Palmavela, from April 15 to 19.

The other STP65 yacht, and Luna Rossa's sparring partner, the German Team Container, trained on Thursday according to schedule, for the 3rd consecutive day.

The Luna Rossa base. The team's STP65 yacht is now tucked inside the shed, following yesterday's serious accident. Valencia, 5 March 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing.

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