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18 April 2007, 06:00 pm
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Louis Vuitton Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

Light conditions continue to disrupt the schedule at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia. After three scheduled race days, no matches have been sailed in Round Robin One. On Wednesday, race officials and the 11 teams returned to the race course area to the north and south of Port America's Cup, but conditions were similar to the two earlier days this week: plenty of sunshine and clear skies, but still not warm enough to drive the sea breeze.

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At 16:05, Principal Race Officers Peter REGGIO and Harold BENNETT postponed racing for the afternoon for the third consecutive day. The postponed flights are now scheduled next week.

Flight 5 will be the second flight of racing on the reserve day on Monday. Flight 6 is bumped to the first day of Round Robin Two, where normally, just one flight of races is scheduled. (The scheduling of one flight per day in Round Robin Two allows for such an eventuality). With the postponement today, the first day of Round Robin Two, Wednesday, 25 April, will now also include Flight 6 from Round Robin One.

Representatives from the Race Committee spoke with the media late Wednesday afternoon saying the conditions posed a challenge to sailors, organizers and America's Cup fans alike.

'It is frustrating, but we can only wait for fair conditions. There's nothing else that can be done,' said Javier ESOLANO, the second race official for Juliet Race Committee on the south race area. 'The teams don't want to race when the conditions are this uncertain and I think they are quite glad we don't start races race on days like today. Maybe in previous Louis Vuitton Acts they didn't mind taking the risk but now there is a lot more at stake. Today the MDS buoys furthest from the shore weren't registering more than four and a half knots.'

Scheduled Matches On Thursday

Flight 7

1. BMW ORACLE Racing vs. AREVA Challenge
2. Luna Rossa Challenge vs. +39 Challenge
4. United Internet Team Germany vs. Emirates Team New Zealand.
5. Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team vs. China Team.
6. Desafío Español 2007 vs. Team Shosholoza.

Bye - Victory Challenge

Flight 8

1. Victory Challenge vs. AREVA Challenge.
2. BMW ORACLE Racing vs. +39 Challenge.
4. Desafío Español 2007 vs. United Internet Team Germany.
5. Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team vs. Team Shosholoza.
6. China Team vs. Emirates Team New Zealand.

Bye - Luna Rossa Challenge

Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin One - Provisional Leaderboard

Pos Team Bonus Points Matches Sailed Matches Won Pts
1 Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) 4 0 4
2 BMW ORACLE Racing (USA 98) 3 0 3
2 Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) 3 0 3
2 Desafío Español 2007 (ESP 97) 3 0 3
5 Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia (ITA 99) 2 0 2
5 Victory Challenge (SWE 96) 2 0 2
5 Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) 2 0 2
5 +39 Challenge (ITA 85) 2 0 2
9 Areva Challenge (FRA 93) 1 0 1
9 United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) 1 0 1
9 China Team (CHN 95) 1 0 1

The America's Cup Match and Challenger/Defender Series are designated as ISAF Special Events. For more information on the America's Cup, the Louis Vuttion Acts and the teams competing, visit the official America's Cup website - www.americascup.com.

For a complete list of all the news about the America's Cup 2007 CLICK HERE.
ACM 2007 (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Still no wind in Valencia:© Gilles Martin-Raget
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