After a long marathon that lasted more than 3 years, the America’s Cup in Valencia has reached what could be the last kilometer. The stadium can be seen but the last hundreds of meters and the laps inside it will be tough and will need great effort and sweat. This must be the situation the challengers are facing right now and all of them (with the exception of Emirates Team NZ) together with the defender went training today in an unusually rainy, cold and windy day.
Thirteen degrees centigrade in late March could be business as usual for our Danish or Swedish readers but here in Valencia it’s damn cold. Still, it’s not the low temperatures that could make sailors worry but the volatility in weather conditions, although after all it’s spring and such abrupt changes are to be expected. Paul Cayard’s words that “to get to June, you have to survive April and May”, are being verified. It will be very interesting to see what kind of weather next week will bring.
Commenting on the individual teams, the base of Emirates Team New Zealand was the only one with no apparent sign of activity. According to what Grant Dalton, the team’s general manager, stated in various press interviews, the six-day holiday ends tomorrow Tuesday. On the race courses, there was lots of intensive races between the various teams and most of the action, surprisingly, took place fairly close to the beach.
Alinghi prepare for an in-house race with SUI-100 and SUI-91 while in the background Areva Challenge on FRA-93 is racing against Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team on ITA-99. Our apologies for the quality of the picture but it was taken from the beach. Valencia, 26 March 2007. Photo copyright, Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing