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20 April 2005, 10:39 am
Sailing Season Gets Into Swing
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America's Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

With ears still ringing and eyes stinging from the Fallas celebrations in Valencia, it is time to get down to the serious business of the 2005 America's Cup season.
Over the past month the temperature has rocketed up (to 25 degrees one or two afternoons), more of the teams have moved to Valencia and started sailing, and the Darsena Interior is unrecognisable from just one month ago.

The Fallas celebrations were indescribable; fireworks, noisemakers, thousands of revellers in the streets, and good fun (with little sleep) for well over a week. Pity the poor America's Cup sailors who were on their regular work hours during Fallas. With a fireworks show beginning at 0100 hours local time for a full week, that 0600 wake-up call for the gym must have seemed particularly cruel.

Many Cup teams are sailing on the waters off Valencia now. The Defender Team Alinghi, BMW Oracle Racing and Luna Rossa are all sailing out of the Yacht Club in Valencia. Desafío Español began sailing out of the commercial port at the end of March, and the Italian +39 team is the first to come to the Darsena Interior, setting up shop in front of the construction of its base. Further down the coast France's official team, K-Challenge is also sailing.

Away from Spain, Emirates Team New Zealand andSouth Africa's Shosholoza are training hard in the Southern Hemisphere, while the Italian Team Capitalia begins it's programme on the island of Elba off the coast of Italy. Sweden's Victory Challenge is hard at work, despite the long winter. Sailing Manager Magnus HOLMBERG is recruiting the sailing team, and the builders will begin modifying the boats shortly.

From March onwards, the sea-breeze weather pattern of building winds beginning just after noon each sunny day has begun to assert itself strongly. Information collected through the innovative MDS (Meteorological Data Service) over the past couple of months shows a Northeast to Southeast wind beginning to build at 1300, usually increasing from ten to 15 knots during the afternoon. The wind typically begins to decrease at 1800.

This sea-breeze pattern is the weather the sailors can expect for racing in the Valencia Louis Vuitton Acts in June this year, as well as the 2006 Acts and all of the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup racing in 2007. As we move towards the summer months, the wind will build a little earlier, and blow a little stronger with higher temperatures inland.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, BMW Oracle training in Valencia:© BMW AG, München, Deutschland
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