Alinghi’s mast grows taller?

Posted on 31 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It could very well be just an optical illusion but in a photo of Alinghi 5 returning after Sunday’s training session the mast looks suspiciously longer than 2 weeks ago. Any thoughts?

Alinghi 5 returns from a full day of training. Valencia, 31 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 goes out for her maiden sail in Valencia, venue of the 33rd America’s Cup. Valencia, 31 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

14 Comments For This Post

  1. Genaro Fragueiro Says:

    The Alinghi5 have a problem in the mast……

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Sounds ridiculous and it could be a complete miscalculation but comparing the two photos, the depth of the top roof structure of veles e vents, the assumed size of Alinghi's mast, I'm getting a mast height of 220feet for the newer photo!!!! Must be wrong!?!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Since the relative position of photographer, building and boat is different in both photographs it is not obvious to me how to compute any difference in mast heights…

  4. Anonymous Says:

    maybe they just started training in valencia with there older and shorter mast….

  5. WetHog Says:

    It better grow…

  6. Anonymous Says:


  7. Michel Says:

    3 metres more, yes pierre. They make the section in Switz and add it to the top in Valencia last week.

  8. NVS Says:

    I don't think it's longer (kind of measured it).

    Imagine the modification on the mainsail…

    And this just a week before the Cup

  9. Jacopo Says:

    Do anyone have a schedule of the time and events that will happen on the 7th of February (Opening ceremony) ? I could find nothing !!

  10. Anonymous Says:

    13:00 Cérémonie d’ouverture de la Coupe de Port America’s Cup de la 33e America’s

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Changing the mast (and the sails) one week before the race is a desperate and insane move. Imagine the increase of the loads on the boat, without any chance to measure it (and fix it!!) properly. I hope they didn't do it or we will risk seeing BOR dance around the course alone.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Maybe the first mast is taller now to match the second mast and both are at 58m (191') from the deck?

  13. Anonymous Says:

    With all the comments about Pinocchio's nose, one might have to wonder about some of Alinghis statements…….

    – - The Fool

  14. Anonymous Says:

    shut it fool!

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