Saturday, April 14, 2012

Racing Abandoned In Naples - ACWS Naples

The reason was not due to wind conditions, but rather expected difficulties in launching and hauling the AC45 wingsail catamarans.
Photo: © Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Team USA 
"My heart says ‘go sailing,’” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “But my brain says we will have a very difficult recovery situation of the boats tonight. It could be dangerous for boats and people.”
Photo: © Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Team USA 
Strong overnight winds have left a swell running, which has been crashing onto the breakwaters protecting the launch and recovery areas. With a second spike of strong winds due mid-afternoon, race organizers we concerned that even if the AC45s were launched successfully and taken out through breaking waves, then the situation would be worse after racing was completed.
Photo: © Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Team USA 
Today’s scheduled Fleet Races 7 and 8 have been struck from the program.

Sunday’s outlook is for an improvement in conditions. The semifinals and final of the match racing are slated to go ahead, along with the 500m Speed Trial and the high points scoring Race 9 Fleet Race finale, which will determine the ACWS Naples Champion.
Photo: © Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Team USA 
In the match racing semis, ORACLE Racing Bundock will square off against Italy’s Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper), with the winner advancing to meet either Sweden’s Artemis Racing (Terry Hutchinson) or Luna Rossa Swordfish (Paul Campbell-James) in the final.

Tim Jeffrey

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