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16 October 2004, 06:28 pm
Racing Is Abandoned For The Day As Strong Winds Blow Into The Gulf Of Valencia
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America's Cup Act 3

Principal Race Officer Peter REGGIO did everything in his power to start racing on Saturday afternoon, but was unable to squeeze off a start before the wind became too strong to assure safety for the America's Cup crews and their boats.
With the offshore breeze gusting above 26-knots, and forecast to build to gale force strength later in the day, Reggio abandoned racing shortly before 13:00 on Saturday.

Reggio and the sailing teams proceeded to the race course in the morning determined to get at least one start in before the wind became too strong. But it was clear that the wind strength was simply too high for safe racing. As the teams circled around the starting line, massive groans could be heard as rope screamed over the carbon drums on the winches. Spray was flying from the front of the boats, and waves were washing down the decks as the narrow bows on the America's Cup boats knifed through the building seas.

"It was marginal at the start time, and the forecast is for the wind to keep building through the afternoon," Reggio said. "We saw the wind jump by nearly 10-knots in the hour before the scheduled start to the high 20's, and with the forecast we had, this was a pretty easy decision actually."

The Race Committee has now scheduled two races on Sunday with a first start at 11:40, on a race course located further to the South of the Port of Valencia off El Saler.

Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 3 - provisional leaderboard with total points and race finishing position
The Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 3 is scored on a high-point system, with the winner of the race receiving 8 points, second position 7 points, and so on down to the last place boat, which is awarded 1 point.

Team Name: (Total Points) Race # 1 2 3 4

Team Alinghi (2 7) 4 1 3 1
Emirates Team New Zealand (26) 1 2 1 6
Luna Rossa (20) 3 4 7 2
BMW ORACLE Racing (20) 5 6 2 3
K-Challenge (17) 8 3 4 4
LE DEFI (14) 2 7 8 5
Team Shosholoza (12) 7 5 5 7
+39 (7) 6 8 6 DNF
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