Friday, 12 February 2010
Image copyright Guilain Grenier/BMW ORACLE Racing.
Courtesy of BMW ORACLE Racing, clicking on either the link at the top of the right-hand column on the SailRaceWin site, or here, will put you through to a live video player for the 33rd America's Cup racing.
Live coverage, including both BMW ORACLE Racing team preparations and the official America's Cup race footage, will commence at 8pm New Zealand time on Wednesday, 10th February 2010: the first race day of the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia, Spain.
N.B. The start of racing on Friday, 12th February, 2010, has been postponed until 12.06 CET (i.e. by two hours), due to weather conditions off Valencia, especially the sea state.
Assuming that the boats were to cover each leg at a direct-line speed of 20 knots per hour, the first race would take 4 hours. Due to its being winter in the northern hemisphere, the disappearance of daylight for racing occurs by about 5pm CET. Therefore, racing cannot commence much after 1am New Zealand time in order for the boats to complete the race in daylight.
It looks hopeful for a race, at long last
The wind is reported to be at about 350 degrees, around 10 knots, rising to around 12 knots at times.
"Hopefully we can get a race off today," said team BMW ORACLE Racing CEO Russell Coutts. "It's quite a complicated weather forecast but hopefully there will be a window in there where we get some breeze. We'd love to get a race going."
Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper and tactician said: “Hopefully there will be good conditions out there. I think it’s lightening off. The big breeze is going away. I think if we go to a good spot we’ll get good conditions and we’ll be able to have a good race that’ll suit both boats.
“It’s a bit frustrating for all of us being postponed, I want to get out there and race and see how fast these boats are. Today looks like a good day.”
33rd America's Cup