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17 April 2007, 06:00 pm
Racing Postponed Again
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Louis Vuitton Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

The weather has not been kind to the sailors to this point at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia, Spain. For the second consecutive day, the sunny skies were not able to generate a strong enough sea breeze to enable racing. Both scheduled flights of racing were postponed until a later date.

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If you are not trying to race America's Cup boats, the weather in Valencia this week has been beautiful with clear, sunny skies and temperatures just above 20 degrees. On Monday, a bank holiday in the city, over 51,000 spectators took advantage of the sunny, warm conditions to enjoy the atmosphere and take part in the activities in Port America's Cup.

But there has not been enough power in the spring sun to heat up the land to the point where it sucks in the air from over the race course area, generating the renowned Valencia sea breeze which offers consistent racing conditions.

On Tuesday, all of the race crews and their boats assembled on the two race course areas in preparation for the scheduled 14:15 race start. But at the appointed time, the Race Committee postponed the start on both courses. As on Monday, the teams, regatta organizers, and spectator boats held station until late afternoon in an effort to get racing underway. But the wind never registered above five knots and a start was impossible.

The first scheduled reserve day on Friday is now in play with Flights 1 and 2 scheduled. Flights 3 and 4 will take the next available racing slot which means Flight 3 would be the second flight of racing on Sunday, and Flight 4 on the second reserve day, next Monday.

Scheduled Matches On Wednesday

Flight 5

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

Bye - AREVA Challenge

Flight 6

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

Bye - BMW ORACLE Racing

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, The battle for the Louis Vuitton Cup begins today:© ACM 2007/Photo:Carlo Borlenghi
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