Friday, August 9, 2013

Louis Vuitton Cup Sem Finals Race 3 - Regatta Director's Update

San Francisco, California, USA
Update: 1145 hours

Windy conditions are expected today and tomorrow for Races 3 and 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinal. Regatta Director Iain Murray said at his morning briefing that he expects 20-knot winds for today’s racing.
Photo: © Artemis Racing/Sander van der Borch
“Windy days are expected today and tomorrow. Today, we have a strong flood tide, 1.5 knots, so wind the limit’s high today, 22.5 knots. We’re pretty sure we’ll get the racing in by 2:00. By 3:30 on Wednesday it was up to 27 knots, so the timing of the wind building is critical to getting racing in,” Murray said.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
“I think it’s fair to say, and these are my personal observations, that Luna Rossa has stepped up quite a lot during this semi final. Their top speeds and gybing and crew work has come along from what we saw earlier," he added
Photo: © Artemis Racing/Sander van der Borch
"And with Artemis Racing, it’s a case of eight days vs. 80. Wednesday was a tough day because there wasn’t too much wind and the boats were struggling to get up on their foils. It’s probably an area of sailing where they haven’t practiced because they’re generally not sailing in those winds. 
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
"Yesterday during practice in 17 knots, Artemis Racing was travelling along with speed and looked like they were doing far nicer jibes without the big S-hook and really slow speed at the bottom of the jibes. Hopefully their long day on the water yesterday is going to carry into a closer race today.”

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