AC SATURDAY - The 34th America’s Cup continues today, Saturday September 21 in San Francisco. XS WILL BE COVERING THE RACE.
UPDATE: 1420 hours
The start of Race 14 has been rescheduled to 1440 as the race committee waits for the wind settle down.
UPDATE: 1400 hours
The race committee has pushed the start time back to 1430 in the interest of letting the wind settle down. The committee would like to see a direction of 230 degrees across the racecourse. As regatta director Iain Murray intimated this morning, this is far too important a race to have a skewed racecourse.
UPDATE: 1350 hours
Regatta Director Iain Murray said moments ago, “There’s a new cloud front coming through and the wind is 20-30 degrees from where it needs to be.
“The breeze is 175 degrees at the bottom, and that’s not even a course. We’re confident once the front moves through and the skies clear we’ll have favorable wind. It’s just a matter if we get it before cut off time of 1440.
“We’ve set the racecourse up in anticipation of the breeze filling in from the correct direction. But right now the boats are reaching up and down the course, and that’s not what we have in the America’s Cup.”
UPDATE: 1335 hours
The race committee has moved the start time to 1415 and may even reschedule to 1430 as it waits for the breeze to settle down. The wind is blowing around 13 knots but is still swinging through a 20-degree arc, between 210 and 230 degrees, just a bit too far left.
UPDATE: 1305 hours
The race committee has advised that it will attempt a start at 1400, 15 minutes earlier than previously announced.
UPDATE: 1255 hours
Regatta Director Iain Murray has released the two crews from their moorings at America’s Cup Park and is hoping to start a race at 1415. The most recent wind report indicates a strength of 13 to 16 knots from 215 degrees, still too far south to start a race but at least it’s starting to veer.
UPDATE: 1115 hours
It never rains in California, unless the America’s Cup is in town. San Francisco is awash this morning in the first significant rainfall since perhaps February. For ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, this is problematic because of the southerly wind direction, which is skewed about 90 degrees from the racecourse for the 34th America’s Cup.
“Where we’re at is the front is on top of us, it’s raining, light and variable wind, and the little wind that we have is out of the south, which would provide a reaching course up and down our city front racecourse,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray.
“We have varying opinions of when it will pass, but our most optimistic is the front will pass and the breeze will return to southwest around 1330. So we’re likely to have a delay while we wait for the wind to switch. We may not get a race in today or we may get one race, but we probably won’t get two races in. It’s just something we have to wait out. When the breeze shifts we expect 15 knots,” Murray said.
More updates to come.
Forecast is for a Southerly wind. It is not possible to set a race course for this wind direction. If the wind is Southerly at race time, racing will be postponed until the wind shifts west with the passing of a front. The westerly, when it comes, would be 16-19 knots.
1:15pm PDT Race 14 - ORACLE TEAM USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand
2:15pm PDT Race 15* - ORACLE TEAM USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand
At 3.10pm PDT approximately a post race press conference will be held at the America’s Cup Media Center with team skippers Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand and Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM USA.
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