Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Meanwhile in Valencia... it's rainy, cold and windy

So much for global warming... This is one of the coldest, wettest and windiest winters in Valencia for quite a number of years. The big weather front that came on Saturday afternoon is still affecting the region of Valencia with rain, snow 50-60km north of the city, cold, strong breeze and waves. The situation on Wednesday isn't as bad as yesterday and, hopefully, the front will move on by Friday, giving the teams the opportunity to spend more precious hours training on the water.

Nevertheless, it is still too dangerous for the shore crews to launch the giant multihulls and venture into the wilderness. As a result, there isn't much to report today. Alinghi 5 is secured in front of her base and I suppose BMW Oracle's USA is in a similar situation in the commercial port, with her solid wing being tucked in its shed.

This being Valencia Sailing, I have to give a positive spin about Valencia, so here it is. According to the official 33rd America's Cup Twitter more than 200 journalists have been accredited for the event so far. I hope by then we get some sunshine, warmer temperatures and lighter breezes so that they have something to report about.

Alinghi 5 waiting for the storm to pass. Valencia, 27 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi's temporary sail loft has been entirely rebuilt and is now protected by a row of piled up old containers. Valencia, 27 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Malvarosa beach. Valencia, 27 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A brilliant idea of BMW/Oracle to insist on Valencia, Feb. 8, the date which the NY Judge totally unprofessionally imposed!! Everybody knew, that this is a very risky venue at this time of the year. Alinghi selected (rightfully as Defender) RAK or the East Coast of Australia as alternative, in line with the Judges verdict of VLC or ANY OTHER VENUE. But "any other" is not "any other" in NY.

At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anybody know the best weatherforecast on the net for valencia? i suggest:

At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The judge didn't think that RAK was a "rightful" location according with the Deed of Gifts, did she?

So, Valencia is cold and windy in February... so, what?

Is Alinghi afraid of the breeze?

At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is BMWOR afraid of light winds?

At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BOR s bullshit bites them in the ass. Hope you got that wing all tuned up and ready for the 8th because the alinghi machine is ready and waiting for you. Bring it on you dumb ass yanks.

At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alinghi fans please go read the Deed, AC history & the rules of sailing. Then you will understand why SNG is loosing in court & why it's part of sailing to not cheap & if you witness someone cheating you are support to call them out.
If you can't understand this about sailing you will continue to be disappointed with what is going on. As RC stated to the press, go look at the facts. The same applies to you. Weight up the facts & balance the info before siding blindly to the wrong issues.

At 5:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the Deed? Fine. Valencia is apparently in the Southern Hemisphere according to the NY school system!! And any other, means ANY other ... stupid Americans. The North / South rule has been voided by the Judge.

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10:13

Do you talk about this shameful press event with Russell after Alinghis Media Day?

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, be realist! Every body know that Oracle is 90% a french Boat and technology. Ich you have a look on the home page of VPLP:, every thing
The discusion about the sail is evident, it seems that is the only technonlogy made in USA! In the last am cup more or less all speenacker was Swiss made!
We era that the engine on board oracle is a BMW engine? The swiss engine is realy swiss from the Suter racing compagny


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