Monday will mean one week to the start of official America's Cup racing. This week has seen several gatherings of challenging yachts on the race course.
Yesterday saw America One make its initial appearance on the practice course. They sailed a practice match against the French team. At the first windward mark America One was 20 seconds ahead. Sailing in 16-18 knot breezes America One appeared faster as befits their status as a favorite.
The crew of Young Australia has had a couple of interesting days of practice. Earlier in the week matched against America True they held the starboard tack hammer. America True misjudged can clipper the Aussies stern. America Trues boat building team had Young Australia's stern fixed and painted by 0800 the next day.
Yesterday the Australians matched up with the Spanish. While leading the Spanish boat's mainsail split. At least it was not a new sail, but an old training one that got trashed. After this incident the Spaniards headed in.
Not all of the teams have participated in the practice racing. Young America has both of their boats and is in testing mode. Aloha Racing has begun sailing and may race today. The Japanese team has also been two boat testing. The Swiss team overcame a cash crisis and is now sailing their sole new boat. It is almost certain that this boat features a forward of the keel canard rudder.
Although interesting let us not forget that as the Spanish showed top line equipment is not being used. So honest answers await the full range of boats competing while using first line gear. This will happen later this month when racing starts and the points finally count.
Melges 24 Worlds
Past Melges 24 and Star Class world champion Vince Brun is now leading the Melges 24 worlds. Thursday, the 2nd day of competition saw three races completed. Santa Ana inspired winds made for puffy sailing conditions.
2nd is Italian Giorgio Zuccoli. He was the leader after the first day. 3rd is Californian Bob Tennant.