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