Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Regatta Director’s Update – Louis Vuitton Cup Races 4, 5

Today’s racing is scheduled to begin at 1310 (Race 4) and 1410 (Race 5), and can be viewed live in the U.S. on ESPN3, beginning at 1300. Internationally, the racing will be broadcast live on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, subject to territorial restrictions. The full race replay will be available on YouTube shortly after the conclusion of live racing.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Day 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final looks to have similar conditions to the first three days. The wind is forecast to blow 17 to 21 knots, which could jeopardize the second race scheduled to start at 1410.

The first race, scheduled to start at 1310, has a wind limit of 21.6 knots, taking into account a .6-knot flood tide correction factor. But the limit drops to 19.8 knots for the second race, due to an ebb tide correction factor of -1.2 knots.

“The weather forecasts are varying,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “Although it looked wind first thing this morning, it’s died off a bit and we’re a bit more confident to get two races than we were an hour ago. It’s such a micro-climate between here and the bridge that its’ a difficult place to forecast. We very much take it as it comes.”

Emirates Team New Zealand Crew List:

Skipper/helmsman: Dean Barker (14), Tactician: Ray Davies (10), Wing Trimmer: Glenn Ashby (3), Trimmer: James Dagg (9), Bow: Adam Beashel (2), Pit: Jeremy Lomas (8), Pedestal 1: Chris Ward (7), Pedestal 2: Rob Waddell (11), Pedestal 3: Race 4 – Grant Dalton (6), Race 5 – Winston MacFarlane (4), Pedestal 4: Chris McAsey (5), Float/Grinder: Derek Saward (12)

Luna Rossa Challenge Crew List:

Skipper/pit: Max Sirena (4), Helmsman: Chris Draper (11), Tactician: Francesco Bruni (9), Wing trim: Xabi Fernandez (4), Wing grinder: Lele Marino (13), Trimmer: Pierluigi de Felice (10), Pit/grinder: Freddie Carr (23), Bow: Nick Hutton (2), Primary grinder: Simone de Mare (8), Strategist/Grinder: Giles Scott (41), Freestyle: Marco Montis (51)

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