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17 October 2004, 09:11 am
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© Gilles Martin-Raget

America's Cup Act 3

The Race Committee will try to make up yesterday's abandoned races by scheduling two contests on the Southern race course off the beach at El Saler.
The third Louis Vuitton Act is still wide open with Alinghi leading Emirates TNZ by just one point. BMW ORACLE and Luna Rossa are just six points further back, well within reach of the lead if two races are sailed.

With any sport that depends so much on the weather, competitors and organisers will always be in the hands of the elements. Sadly yesterday's racing had to be called off as the breeze became so strong as to make starting the race impossible.

Race officer Peter REGGIO made a valiant attempt to get proceedings under way and sounded the preparatory signal, but with less than five minutes to go, the wind speed at the top mark was 26 knots and climbing. With a forecast for the wind to increase through the day, the decision was straightforward for Reggio and racing was abandoned. Today's forecasted weather could test teams and organisers at the other end of the scale, as high pressure builds from the West killing the gradient breeze.

To add to the issues that Reggio has to consider is that of a temporary airspace restriction due to an airshow, which means that the race course will be moved around to the southern race area off El Saler.

Yet whatever the issues at stake, the competition will remain tight right to the end with Alinghi trying to hold on to their slim one point lead over Emirates Team New Zealand and a struggle between a pair on equal points, BMW Oracle and Luna Rossa for third and fourth positions.

In a change to the original programme, two races are planned for today in the final showdown, with a first start at 11:40.
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