RC44 Valencia Cup - Day 3: Preview
Good morning from Valencia in this third day of the RC44 Valencia Cup. Unfortunately, wind conditions are disappointing and after having been pampered during two weeks with 20 plus knots it is indeed a blow to be at 1pm in the press room with a postponement ashore. Fortunately, the schedule calls for a number of practice fleet races today, so the damage shouldn't be so important.
The problem lies in a low front that reached the Iberian peninsula from the Atlantic and brought clouds, killing the sea breeze. According to the forecasts made earlier in the week, it was supposed to reach the eastern coast of Spain on Sunday but it seems it is affecting us earlier. Still, PRO Peter Reggio will intent to give a start at 2pm.
In the meantime, why not have a private class in match racing prestart procedures from the grand master himself, Paul Cayard? Imagine being a physics university student and have Albert Eisntein as your private tutor or a pianist with Amadeus Mozart sitting next to you. It's true though that the race was against AEZ, the Austrian team that finished the match race event with 10 losses in 10 races, but still Katusha overcame the mishap with their jib and won the match. As Cayard states himself, a batten in the jib was "fu--ed".
Onboard Katusha during the prestart of the race against AEZ. Valencia, 28 July 2010. Video copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing