Monday, February 8, 2010

After a long period waiting for enough of a settled breeze, the two giant multihulls Alinghi 5 (SUI) and USA awaiting the scheduled start of Race 1 of the 33rd America’s Cup were sent back to their respective bases at around 1345h this afternoon.
Principal Race officer Harold Bennett (NZL) and his team on the water had made continuous attempts to seek out a breeze which was of sufficient strength and settled enough in direction across the proposed 20 miles windward Leg 1 to allow a fair race to be started.

But, despite their best efforts, the variance at times was over 100 degrees between the gentle breeze at the committee boat some 25 miles offshore, and the planned position of the turning buoy where there was a breeze of around 10-11 knots sometimes.

Race 1 will now be scheduled for Wednesday 10th with the time gun due at 1000hrs.