Press report: Alinghi rules out Valencia for the America's Cup
According to an article that appeared in today's edition of Las Provincias, Valencia's main newspaper, Alinghi might have definitely ruled out Valencia as a venue for the 33rd America's Cup. As we have stated quite often here, Las Provincias enjoys very good relations with the current local and regional governments of Valencia and it is most probable that some source within these two official bodies passed on the information. Nevertheless, the article's author doesn't unveil his sources.
According to the same article, although Valencia offers unquestionable advantages, such as the existence of the bases and the infrastructure used in the previous edition of the event, the Defender has based its choice solely on weather conditions. According to Las Provincias, Alinghi will choose a venue in the Northern hemisphere that can guarantee, as much as possible, light and stable conditions, not more than 8 to 9 knots of wind. Valencia cannot guarantee such conditions because weather conditions in winter are very unstable.
It appears that, always according to the article, BMW Oracle are aware that Valencia is to be ruled out and "fear" that an Arab country will be the venue of the 33rd America's Cup match, because of the light wind conditions and flat seas that prevail during the month of February. Nevertheless, other options closer to Valencia are also under consideration by Alinghi, such as Turkey.
Valencia Sailing contacted Alinghi asking for a comment on the article and the reply was that "the venue will be announced six months before the America's Cup Match". Nevertheless, the announcement of a venue other than Valencia might lead to even further legal action, since BMW Oracle have stated that, in their view, the court decision is clear in stating that if Alinghi opts for a venue in the Northern hemisphere it can't be other than Valencia. We shall see...
Alinghi carries out first two-catamaran training session under VERY light conditions in February 2008. Valencia, 23 February 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing
Alinghi resumes catamaran sailing under VERY light wind conditions in February 2008. Valencia, 22 February 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing
United Internet Team Germany and +39 Challenge training under VERY light conditions in February 2006. Valencia, 7 February 2006. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing