Louis Vuitton Cup Report 01/25/00
Louis Vuitton Press Release 25
Opening Day of Louis Vuitton Cup Racing is Cancelled – Heavy Winds And Waves Sweep Racecourse
Faced with winds over 24 knots and ugly sea conditions, the Race Committee today cancelled the opening day of racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup finals. Today’s scheduled race will be sailed tomorrow.
The unexpected cancellation came as two-metre waves and high winds lashed the inner Hauraki Gulf. A cold front moving in from the Tasman Sea brought driving rain and reduced visibility. The front was forecast to pass over the racecourse soon after midday, bringing moderating conditions and a 200-degree shift to Southerly winds.
Race Director Vince Cooke signalled a postponement at dawn this morning, and the AP pennant flew at Race Committee HQ on Halsey Street while AmericaOne and Luna Rossa remained in their compounds. With winds over 30 knots at Tiri Tiri Island, Northeast of the racecourse, and winds gusting over 24 knots on the Endeco Buoy at sea level in the centre of the racecourse, Cooke cancelled the day’s racing shortly before 1000 hours local time.
“Although the breeze was strong this morning, it was expected to lay down later in the day, but it would have been incredibly variable,” Cooke said. “The waves were expected to get worse during the afternoon, with a strong ebb tide of up to half a knot pushing against the wind. This is the kind of sea conditions in which you could break boats.”
Cooke said that while he had expected a breezy day today, he had not anticipated the sea conditions.
The Race Committee acted in accordance with the Notice of Race Rule 14.4 (c) which states that racing may be postponed: “When in the opinion of the Race Committee the wind is too variable, or too light, or too strong, or the seas too rough, to reasonably conduct a race to test the relative speed of the two yachts.”
Cook said that the Race Committee initiated the move to cancel racing and conferred with both syndicates. Their representatives concurred that racing should be cancelled. Today’s race will be sailed tomorrow. There will be racing on Friday, which was originally scheduled as a Reserve Day.
For more information, visit the Louis Vuitton Cup website at http://www.louisvuittoncup.com or contact Bruno Troublé, Marcus Hutchinson or Keith Taylor on +64 (9) 359-1200.
AmericaOne is one of the leading challengers for America's Cup 2000. The team is currently competing in Auckland, New Zealand for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge New Zealand for the America's Cup in February 2000. AmericaOne has built two boats based on four years of technology development and innovation. The top level technology partners are Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. AmericaOne represents San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club. To learn more about the team visit: www.americaone.org.
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