Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Alinghi 5 joins team base in Port America's Cup

It didn't take long for Alinghi 5, the America's Cup defending yacht, to reach her home inside Port America's Cup. In less than 12 hours the team's shore crew unloaded the precious cargo from the ship in Valencia's commercial port and transfered it to its final destination, the base inside the Darsena. Since early in the morning there was intense activity in the base and by far the most impressive part was the setup of the crane in very tight space. Fortunately, at least for most part of the day, weather conditions were just perfect, with plenty of sunshine, hardly any wind and completely flat seas.

After the immense crane, the mast and a number of containers were in place, Alinghi 5 entered Port America's Cup at around 5:30pm, a pity because it was getting dark and yet another cold front was threateningly approaching fast. It's been an unusually wet December and early January and, of course, I hope we don't get that kind of unstable weather one month from now. If we do, we might need more than a week to know the Defender of the 34th America's Cup.

Alingi 5 docked in front of the Alinghi base. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alingi 5 docked in front of the Alinghi base. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alingi 5 docked in front of the Alinghi base. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Loïck Pyeron on his way out of the canal. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The impressive mast waiting on the truck. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The impressive mast waiting on the truck. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 enters the Port America's Cup. The canal is 80 meters wide, so there is more than ample room for even those monster multihulls to be safely towed inside. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 enters the Port America's Cup. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 enters the Port America's Cup. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 enters the Port America's Cup. Valencia, 5 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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12 Comments:

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that is one seriously good looking boat.

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Renaud said...

Go Alinghi, we are not behind you but WITH YOU, THERE IS ONLY ONE BEHIND : BOR.

 
At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should be no Problem for BOR to enter the harbour as they told it is easy to stop immidiatly with the wing.

Come on TE stop bullshitting and get with your Tri into the darsena too

 
At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Alighi, wish you all the best for Americas Cup that we can be sure that the next AC34 will be in Europe as well.

 
At 2:06 PM, OpenID matchraceclube said...

I hope sunny days to view the teams training soon and thousands of fans on Port America's Cup.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally Alinghi go back in home waters, such a nice feeling to see Darsema alive again!! AC32 was great let's hope that AC33 will very soon take place ... I wish a tremendous third succes to ALINGHI, and let me rimind you an AC famous : They will be no second!!
Go go go Alinghi make it happen another time
Your dreams can become true only if you work hard

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Cristian A. Palau C. said...

To the 8:50 AM Anonymous: In case you don't know, Alinghi has already stated that, in case they win the 33rd America's Cup, next February, they will stage the 34th America's Cup in Ras Al Khaima, in the Arab United Emirates. They has also stated that the 34th America's Cup will be contest in multihulls, so, if I were you, I won't get my hopes so high, because if Alinghi wins the 33rd AC, the next AC event is going to be a very small event (for the location of the event and the number of teams involve in it).

Best regards,
Cristian Palau

 
At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Roos said...

Really looking forward to see them all during the Americas Cup!!

 
At 1:02 AM, Blogger CWCH said...

The fact that boats are together
is a nautical milestone.
At times it seemed unlikely.
The Best of Luck, Safety & Winds
to the crews of Alinghi5 & BOR90.
May you discover unpredicted speed.
We had the stone age, bronze age,
iron age, industrial age, info age.
The age of sail may have passed.
But, the Sail Age begins 2010.

 
At 2:13 AM, Blogger CWCH said...

The fact that boats are together
is a nautical milestone.
At times it seemed unlikely.
The Best of Luck, Safety & Winds
to the crews of Alinghi5 & BOR90.
May you discover unpredicted speed.
We had the stone age, bronze age,
iron age, industrial age, info age.
The age of sail may have passed.
But, the Sail Age begins 2010.

 
At 2:26 AM, Blogger CWCH said...

The fact that boats are together
is a nautical milestone.
At times it seemed unlikely.
The Best of Luck, Safety & Winds
to the crews of Alinghi5 & BOR90.
May you discover unpredicted speed.
We had the stone age, bronze age,
iron age, industrial age, info age.
The age of sail may have passed.
But, the Sail Age begins 2010.

 
At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Valencia Sailing for your comments and follow up of the America's cup.

Keep up the good work!

What this race brings to my mind is the AC in NZ many years ago, between Plastic Fantastic and the american multihull. Uneven fight ... Calms will favour the cat but waves and higher wind will give the advantage for the tri.

I do not see and equal fight here ... ???

Alinghi should know what they are doing but looking for flat water to race seems a lack seamanship. Boats are supposed to ride waves, not flat water swimming pools!

 

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