33rd America's Cup - Day 5 - Race 1: LIVE Blogging
5:21pm Alinghi loses more than 5 minutes while offloading their penalty. BMW Oracle wins by 15:28 minutes!!!
5:05pm BMW Oracle crosses the finish line!!
4:58pm Just 5 minutes left to the finish of the 1st race of the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia. BMW Oracle is thrashing Alinghi, leading by close to 3.5 kilometers.
4:50pm Two thirds of the way down the run, BMW Oracle leads by 3,300 meters
4:22pm Alinghi is first to gybe, closely followed by BMW Oracle that seeks to cover. USA is now 3,000 meters ahead of Alinghi 5.
4:15pm BMW Oracle are flying downwind at 25 knots !!! They are now 2,200 meters ahead of Alinghi.
4:05pm Alinghi rounds the top mark, 3:21 minutes behind BMW Oracle
4:02pm BMW Oracle rounds the top mark
3:58pm Alinghi reaches port layline and tacks as well.
3:55pm BMW Oracle reaches port layline and tacks.
3:40pm With 5 miles left to the top mark, BMW Oracle is leading by 1,250 meters.
3:28pm BMW Oracle tacks as well.
3:25pm Alinghi is first to tack.
3:15pm Still on the same tack, the two yachts are heading right, USA 550 meters ahead of Alinghi 5.
3:05pm Both boats are on the same tack with a lateral separation of just 400 meters. BMW Oracle is leading by 150 meters although Alinghi has made some gains, reducing their deficit down from 450 meters.
2:49pm BMW Oracle gets ahead, leading by 80 meters!!! USA is 3-4 knots faster than Alinghi 5.
2:45pm Both boats go right, Alinghi ahead by 125 meters. USA seems faster and closes in on Alinghi 5.
2:34pm Unbelievable !!! BMW Oracle gets stuck over the line!!! Spithill really blows it. Great start for Alinghi.
2:29pm Alinghi fails to keep clear and gets a penalty!!!
2:23pm Ten minutes to start!!!!
2:18pm We do have a race!!! The postponement flag will come down at 2:24pm
2:10pm The postponement flag is still up. Wind at the race committee has dropped to 2 knots and there is still a windless hole in the middle of the race course.
1:40pm We have a race!!! Harold Bennett just advised the starting gun will be fired at 2:10pm!! The final race course is shown in the map below:
Exact positions of the race committee and weather mark for today's race. Copyright Valencia Sailing
1:30pm Still waiting for Harold Bennett to start the race. It now appears there is a big windless hole in the middle of the race course.
1:15pm Top mark at: 39°29°9789 N + 0°03´1591 W - 195° 5 knots | Race Committee Boat : 39°49´9992 N + 0°02´5676 W - 180° 6.5 knots
1:05pm We are still waiting for a race course to be set up. The Race Committee boat is moving 3 miles west to a new position, trailed by USA and Alinghi 5.
12:35pm Is it going to be an "Alinghi day"? The sea is flat all around the gulf of Valencia and it looks like we have a constant southerly breeze, 4-5 knots.
12:20pm It seems we might be getting something. There's 6 knots of wind at the committee boat and the weather mark, coming from 190-200º. As a result, our map with the approximate positions of the race course is still quite valid.
12:00pm The Race Committee raises the postponement flag.
11:50am The expected shift to south seems not to be materializing and the northwesterly breeze is still over the race course. It appears the Race Committee will raise the postponement flag.
Friday, 10:50am As we said earlier, Harold Bennett positioned the race committee boat close to the northernmost position allowed by the Notice of Race, in order to take advantage of the southerly winds that are expected to prevail during the early afternoon. According to the official 33rd America's Cup Twitter page, wind comes from 170º with an intensity of 10-12 knots at the weather mark. As a result, today's race course could approximately look like that:
Approximate positions of the race committee and weather mark for today's race. Copyright Valencia Sailing
Friday, 9:50am Good morning from sunny but cold Valencia. It seems there are chances today could be the day we finally see the two giant multihulls clash. The race committee boat docked out at 9am and according to Harold Bennett racing will be conducted in an area with the Race Committee Boat positioned at approx 39.50.000 N Latitude and 000.07.000 E Longitude.
This position is much further north than in the previous two attempts, in fact it is the northernmost boundary of the Race Area, as per the notice of race. Racing, if it takes place, shouldn't start before noon.
Thursday, 7:30pm As we mentioned earlier on Thursday afternoon, the weather forecast wasn't very promising for Friday. As a result, the race committee just advised that the warning signal tomorrow for the race will not be made before 11:54am. The two yachts will be kept onshore for 2 hours while the race committee will dock out at 9am in order to further assess the situation. Let's hope it won't be yet another long day.
Alinghi held a very interesting presentation in their base where the team's meteorologists Jon Bilger and Jack Katzfey went through the challenges of weather prediction in the 33rd America's Cup. We will have a full report together with the detailed wind maps for tomorrow, later on.