Update: 6 hours later we will apparently race. 10 minute pre-start.
So- what do we know about the America’s Cup that we didn’t know before?
Well, we know that today’s race is supposed to be a 39 mile triangular course if the weather conditions are right and TheMomCat informs me that conditions for Valencia are expected to be-
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Highs in the 70s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph.
So we’re probably not going to race at all.
Why? The chase boats can’t keep up if the winds are 25 mph. These boats sail at 3 x wind speed upwind! My Uncle’s ski boat wouldn’t do 75.
But here I am as if they’re going to race because I like to make my marks and also I now know one other thing-
This will be the last race of the 33rd America’s Cup.
Best 2 out of 3 and BMW/Oracle already has one in the bag. What’s more Alinghi has shown no indication at all that their boat is faster under any wind condition.
In the first race BMW/Oracle stalled out and took a full minute and a half to hit the start. That was a 660 meter advantage and it was erased in 20 minutes. After that it was just piling on.
Now I hear you say that the 15 and a half minute finish margin is because Alinghi botched a pointless spinnaker change and dinked around with their penalty turn, but it was a full 10 minutes before any of that. When BMW/Oracle hit the line Alinghi was nearly TWO MILES behind!
It’s too late to build a new boat.
According to CupInfo.com they’ll only begin thinking about starting at 4:54 am (et) so I’m putting this on auto-promote for 4:30 because it’s already been a very long day for me.
Your streaming video sites (because it’s only available on the tubz) are-
I found my best results were from BMW/Oracle Racing. If you think you are stuck in Full Screen mode try hitting the Escape Key.
ESPN 360 is covering it also, but without a permanent link.