Strong winds, flat water and plenty of sunshine gave photographers a great day watching the trials today.
The third day of the CORM Race Committee Trials saw a building breeze give the teams on the water physical conditions. Under bright sunshine and a 20-25 knot South Westerly wind six challengers raced two flights to give six exciting pre-starts for the assembled media to watch.
Two Prada boats and one boat each from OneWorld, Alinghi, GBR Challenge and Oracle raced in gusting winds and flat water with little other than spinnakers and running rigging being damaged. Racing was fierce with several umpire calls being made and several penalty turns being awarded against infringing boats.
Although the event is not an official regatta, with several boats not finishing the course, there is a significant group of media photographers on the water taking full advantage of the perfect light and perfect wind. For these oft forgotten professionals it was a chance to take plenty of photographs of ACC boats racing against their real opposition in their future Louis Vuitton Cup livery. They also took advantage of being allowed onto the race course and being closer to the racing boats than usual, shooting the boats from many new different and normally forbidden angles. These are the photographs that will be seen in the world's media in the run up to the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup.
The CORM Race Committee Trials continue tomorrow.