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Alinghi Looks Forward To Race 1 Of America's Cup

Alinghi Looks Forward To Race 1 Of 33rd America's Cup
Alinghi 5 crew prepared for third attempt to commence match

Today marks the third attempt to commence the 33rd America's Cup, a Deed of Gift match between Alinghi 5 as the Defender from the Société Nautique de Genève and USA representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club. The first attempt on Monday was abandoned due to unstable wind conditions associated with a passing cold front, and Wednesday's second attempt was postponed shore side due to waves measuring up to 2m.

As per the Deed of Gift, the 19th century document governing the America's Cup, today's race shall be 20nm to windward and return.

Quote from the race boat

Brad Butterworth, team skipper and tactician
“Hopefully there will be good conditions out there. I think it's lightening off. The big breeze is going away. I think if we go to a good spot we'll get good conditions and we'll be able to have a good race that'll suit both boats.”

“It's a bit frustrating for all of us being postponed, I want to get out there and race and see how fast these boats are. Today looks like a good day.”

Defender vs. Challenger
Alinghi 5, Société Nautique de Genève (SUI) vs BMW Oracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA)
Alinghi, the defender of the America's Cup, will enter the start box on port tack, signified with a blue flag on the stern.

NW 20knots decreasing to a light to moderate southerly in the afternoon
8 degrees
Waves of a metre in the morning with a decreasing trend during the day
Crew List
Bow 1: Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (NED)
Bow 2: Curtis Blewett (CAN)
Bow 3: Jan Dekker (RSA/FRA)
Pitman: Rodney Ardern (NZL)
Trimmer upwind: Simon Daubney (NZL)
Trimmer downwind: Nils Frei (SUI)
Mainsail trimmer: Warwick Fleury (NZL)
Traveller: Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI)
Helmsman: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI)
Tactician: Brad Butterworth (NZL)
Strategist: Murray Jones (NZL)
Navigator: Juan Vila (ESP)
Floater: Loïck Peyron (FRA)
Pre-start: Peter Evans (NZL)


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