The 33rd America's Cup gets under way
Greetings form the world's sailing capital. The first race of the 33rd America's Cup is just four days away and the press center is already fully functional. Unfortunately, today's weather conditions have nothing in common with yesterday. Another front has come over Valencia, brining colder temperatures, rain since the morning, unstable breeze and choppier seas.
Harold Bennett and the race committee had scheduled more training races for the two teams, this time giving them the opportunity to simulate the triangular race. Being in the press center, right next to Alinghi's base, we saw Alinghi 5 docking out at 1:30pm.
Wind and sea conditions are particularly unstable. There is more than 1.5 meters of swell while the intensity of the northern breeze varies from 4 knots at 3 miles from the Malvarosa beach up to 16 knots 12 miles offshore.
Alinghi 5 docks out and the press center is fully functional. Valencia, 4 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing
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