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13 September 2005, 03:51 pm
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America's Cup 2007
Trapani, Italy

It would be hard to imagine a bigger contrast in sailing venues in Europe than comparing Malmö, Sweden to Trapani, Italy. It is a long journey from the cool, clean, quiet refinement of Sweden to the wild exuberance and organised chaos of Sicily.
The Trapani Louis Vuitton Acts are among the biggest events to ever happen in the area, and the local population is certainly caught up in the excitement. Nearly every doorway and window contains an America's Cup poster, and the works along the waterfront are unmistakable.

As for the venue, the team base area is already looking well prepared, as it should be. The M/V Schippersgracht is due to arrive on Wednesday and unloading will begin later this week. The teams will have everything they need to set up their temporary bases by the weekend.

Meanwhile, still in construction mode, the Foredeck Club and the America's Cup Park are beginning to take shape.

The venue is more spread out than in Malmö, occupying most of the horseshoe shaped inlet that makes up the main harbour in Trapani. The team bases are to the south, whilst the America's Cup Park, the organization offices, the Race Committee, Foredeck Club and Media Centre are along the waterfront street that stretches the length of the harbour.

For the sailors, the sailing conditions will be much different as well. After racing within the protected confines of the Øresund, the waters off Trapani will seem much more exposed. The water is much deeper here as well, so if there is heavy weather on the Mediterranean, a swell will build up.

After an overcast day with rain showers on Monday, the sky has brightened Tuesday and the temperature, near 30 degrees is much more similar to Valencia, Spain, where the first Louis Vuitton Acts of 2005 were held, than Malmö. The good weather is set to continue, with the forecast predicting more sun and warm temperatures to through the week.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, +39 Challenge and Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team are two of the three Italian teams who will be aiming high in Trapani:© Carlo Borlenghi/ACM 2005
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