Wednesday, February 10, 2010

James Spithill doesn't complain about racing being cancelled

James Spithill, skipper and helmsman of BMW Oracle, talked the press after the end of another actionless day. The Australian match racing champion was disappointed not to have raced today but didn't appear to be angry with the race committee's decision to cancel racing. He respected Harold Bennett's call and has full confidence on him, adding thouhg that his team was ready to race. Yet, Spithill can't complain after all since it was his team that insisted on holding the America's Cup in Valencia on February.

James Spithill talks to the media after the race committee's decision to cancel racing for the day, part 1. Valencia, 10 February 2010. Video copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

James Spithill talks to the media after the race committee's decision to cancel racing for the day, part 2. Valencia, 10 February 2010. Video copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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5 Comments:

At 4:12 PM, Blogger ATHENA's Travels said...

Like he also said,
If they started @ 1000hrs would have been ok

Once these races start they don't stop, till they finish apparently....

I think they called the shots too early last night, maybe!

 
At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know for sailing but for surfing it's been a great day. From Alinghi youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcqzQE67MjY
Lucky guy!

 
At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Spithill can say anything from the safety of shore on an abandoned race day.

A 2m swell in San Diego with a 19 second interval is a considerably different condition than a 2m @ 8 second swell in the Med.

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Renaud said...

BOR asked to abandon wind and waves limits.

So now the responsability to start a race is up to Mr. Bennet. I personnaly would not be happy to have that job and possibely to be the guy "responsable" of an accident.

We can expect from Mr. H. Bennet a very careful attitude.

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Renaud,
Harold Bennet is not reponsible for what happens during a race. It is the sailors sole responsibility to decide whether to sail or not on a given day or wind/weather situation. Has been like that ever since boats went racing and will be like that during and after AC3. No neeed to reinvent the wheel here.

 

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