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Louis Viutton Cup Report 11/07/99
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Weather Delay - Sunday Racing Is Postponed To Monday

7 November 1999 16:51 (NZ)

Weather Delay - Sunday Racing
Is Postponed To Monday

Racing today, Sunday, was postponed for 24 hours as northerly breezes gusted over 22 knots on the Hauraki Gulf, kicking up white-capped one-metre seas. Vince Cooke, Director of Race Operations for the Louis Vuitton Cup made the decision to call off the day's racing after the Race Committee spent the morning on station in the Hauraki Gulf checking the weather. Cooke first called a one-hour postponement as many spectator craft sheltered from the worst of the winds in bays and inlets in the lee of Rangitoto Island. As the breeze consistently gusted over 20 knots, he extended the postponement to 90 minutes.

Cooke called the races off at 1130 after consulting all of the sailing teams on the water, and his race operations team. Weather information at the time indicated a series of squalls would whip across the Harauki Gulf this afternoon. Announcing that he was pushing the race schedule back one day, Cooke said the winds were not expected to abate in time to start racing today.

Earlier, flags round the Viaduct Basin snapped with gunshot intensity as the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers put to sea for the second day of racing in Round Robin Two. The Northeasterly breeze gusted over 22 knots at times but didn't deter spectators watching the departure of the races. Earlier, reports from the weather buoy in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf showed an average wind speed around 18 knots. The Race Committee also gets current weather information and forecasts from a wide range of other sources. Under the match conditions, the Committee will not start races if the breeze blows over 18 knots for five consecutive minutes.

For more information, Visit the Louis Vuitton Cup web site, or contact Bruno Troublé, Marcus Hutchinson or Keith Taylor on (+64 9) 359 1200.


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