33rd America's Cup - Day 4: Strong breeze
Update 4pm The northwesterly breeze keeps blowing unabated while the waves are now topping 2 meters a few miles ofshore. As a result, even Mascalzone Latino AUDI Team cancelled their scheduled training session.
There are waves even in the darsena. Mascalzone Latino AUDI Team cancelled their training session. Valencia, 11 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing
Alinghi's shore crew changing the foils. Valencia, 11 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing
Good morning from windy Valencia. Fortunately, today is an off day, otherwise we would have to spend the morning and afternoon ashore waiting for the breeze to come down so that the two giant multihulls can race. We are currently having a strong northwesterly, between 20 and 25 knots and some wave but not as pronounced as yesterday.
In fact, both Alinghi 5 and USA are docked in front of their respective bases and to the best of our knowledge no training will take place today. The current update for Friday morning is quite tricky. The northwesterly breeze will decrease in strength during the morning and then gradually shift to an esterly sea breeze, starting at midday. That process might result in a period of several hours with very light and shifty winds and, eventually, more delays.
Yet, while the top-notch giant multihulls are docked, the "old and boring" ACC yachts are back in action in Valencia. In fact, Mascalzone Latino AUDI Team, skippered by Gavin Brady, have their ITA-99 yacht already on the water and plan to train today with dockout scheduled at 1pm. We will have all the information on that later on.
The Valencia waters on Thursday morning. Valencia, 11 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing