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12 November 2002, 07:53 am
Louis Vuitton Cup Quarter Final
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Bob Grieser/Louis Vuitton

America's Cup
Auckland

An all-too-familiar scenario reappears in Auckland with strong winds postponing the start of racing.
The fifth straight day of hooting southwesterly winds postponed the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup Quarterfinal Round.

Today's four scheduled matches - GBR Challenge-Team Dennis Conner, Alinghi Team-Prada Challenge, Victory Challenge-le Défi AREVA and Oracle BMW Racing-OneWorld Challenge - are rescheduled until tomorrow, 13 November, and will be sailed in that order.

A low-pressure system 800 miles southeast of Auckland that is clearing to the east has an associated cold front extending over New Zealand's NorthIsland. It is producing the strong southwesterly airflow. Winds today are forecast to gust between 25 and 30 knots during squalls.

Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio hoped there might be an opportunity to conduct racing late this afternoon, but abandoned that consideration after consulting with the teams. "They all agreed it would be too windy this afternoon," Reggio said.

Like Round Robin 2, the Quarterfinals are beginning with a postponement instead of racing. Overall, 10 days of a possible 28 days have been postponed due to too much wind or not enough wind.

Armed with a forecast of fair weather for the next four or five days, Reggio has amended the schedule of races.

"Having received verbal agreement of all teams competing in the Quarterfinals, it is the intent of the Race Committee to conduct racing on the scheduled 'Off Day' of Friday, 15 November," said Reggio.

The anticipated schedule of races is as follows:
Race 1 - Wednesday, 13 November
Race 2 - Thursday, 14 November
Race 3 - Friday, 15 November
Race 4 - Saturday, 16 November
Race 5 (if necessary) - Sunday, 17 November
Race 6 (if necessary) - Monday, 18 November
Race 7 (if necessary) - Tuesday, 19 November
Reserve Day - Wednesday, 20 November

All four matches are best-of-seven series. The first warning gun in the Quarterfinal Round is scheduled for 1:05 pm daily.
Louis Vuitton Media/ISAF News Editor
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