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Louis Vuitton Cup racing postponed

Louis Vuitton Cup racing postponed

Louis Vuitton Cup racing was postponed Tuesday due to excessive wind.
The flight-three match races of the America's Cup challengers series were rescheduled to sail on Wednesday, before the scheduled fourth flight.
"When we got permission to finally take down our sails, (the wind) was smoking," BMW Oracle Racing strategist Peter Isler said. "It wouldn't have been fair racing, some team could have had its campaign dented (through breakdown)."
The Americans were upset by China Team after breaking a headsail foil halfway up the first lap in the second flight on Tuesday. Despite gaining an extra day as a result of the postponement, Isler said the crew had already made the necessary repairs to have USA-98 yacht ready for sailing Tuesday.
"That's one of the strengths of this team," said Isler.
American entry BMW Oracle Racing and Italian syndicate Luna Rossa lead the standings with 23 points. Emirates Team New Zealand trails with 20 points, followed by Desafio Espanol with 19.
The Americans sail against Shosholoza of South Africa on the southern "Juliet" course, after Luna Rossa races United Internet Team Germany on Wednesday.
The round-robin stages have twice been rescheduled after a lack of wind postponed six of the first eight days of sailing. Tuesday's postponement was the first as a result of excessive wind.
BMW Oracle Racing meteorologist Chris Bedford said the latest postponement is due to a low pressure system originating from the Atlantic Ocean.
Unstable strong wind is expected to affect sailing in the coming days, Bedford said.
"I guess it is a case of beware what you wish for," Bedford said.
The top four finishers after the ongoing second round-robin stage will advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals, from May 14-24.
The Louis Vuitton Cup will decide which of the 11 challengers will sail against America's Cup champion Alinghi in the finals from June 23-July 4.


Updated : 2021-04-18 00:29 GMT+08:00