The sailing crews of the eight teams racing in the Valencia Louis Vuitton Acts 2 and 3 today underwent their final preparations on the water ahead of the first meaningful racing in Valencia, Spain, the Host City of the XXXII America's Cup.
The Race Committee for the Louis Vuitton Acts set a race-course for practice matches on Sunday, and many teams took advantage of the opportunity for some last minute speed tuning against the opposition. After a short delay to allow the wind to increase and stabilise, racing began in light conditions, with a six to eight knot breeze.
Team Alinghi renewed acquaintances with its old rival from the 31st America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand, while Team Shosholoza and +39 faced off in a series of starts between the first two Challengers to register for this America's Cup. There was some close action on these starts, as both teams battled hard in this 'friendly' match.
On Monday morning at 10:00, the skippers from the teams will face the media in the opening press conference, while the crews complete their final training before racing begins on Tuesday.
The opening ceremony for the Valencia Louis Vuitton Acts 2 and 3 begins with a fleet parade open to the public at 20:00 hours in the Darsena Interior (the inner basin of the Commercial Port). Full details of the show are a secret, but there will be a spectacular light and sound show on the water, followed by fireworks, to officially welcome the America's Cup, and the entire Cup community to its new home in Valencia, Spain. The public is welcome to enjoy the show.
Racing in the Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 2 begins on Tuesday with a full set of eight pairings on the schedule.