Live radio from Act 1

America's Cup teams warming up in Marseilles ready for 5 September fleet race

Tuesday August 31st 2004, Author: Peter Rusch, Location: France
There will be live radio commentary of the Marseille Louis Vuitton Act 1, the opening races of the 32nd America’s Cup. Sailing fans in the Marseille area can listen to the coverage in a number of ways, including on Radio 103.6 FM, by loudspeaker in the AC Park race village in the Vieux Port of Marseille, while boaters can also tune in on VHF Channel 60. In France, the commentary will be available over the telephone by dialing 0825 70 00 68 (15¢ / minute).

The French race commentary will also be webcast on www.americascup.com for those interested listeners who can’t make it to Marseille. Highlight quotes from the sailors will be posted as audio files on each language section of the website each day after racing.

The America’s Cup website will also include a live 2D race tracker to follow the fleet races and each of the match race contests, showing current leader and distance ahead, wind speed, what leg of the race the boats are on, the elapsed time, deltas at marks, and the gain or loss on each leg.

With the opening fleet race on 5 September, now less than a week away, all six teams are now on site on the J-4 pier in Marseille. On Monday, Team Alinghi, Emirates Team New Zealand, and K-Challenge took to the waters off Marseille for some crew training, sail testing, and boat tune-up. It was another stunning day in Marseille, with warm temperatures, blue sky, and a steady eight to 10 knot breeze - good testing conditions for America’s Cup boats.

Each of the six teams is expected to sail this week in preparation for racing. A practice race is scheduled for 3 September, with all six teams invited to participate. The opening fleet parade to the Vieux Port is scheduled for Saturday 4 September, while racing begins with two fleet races scheduled on Sunday.

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