Guess what?

It's Sunday and 1,000s of spectators on the Hauraki Gulf are disappointed for the third day running as light weather foils race four of the America's Cup

Sunday February 23rd 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Australasia
12.30 Little in the way of wind again, but it is much brighter thanks to the high pressure system over NZ at present and the boats today have actually ventured out of Viaduct Basin.

1.30 Sadly out on the water there is little wind and Harold Bennett calls a delay to the start. Lots of boats out on the Gulf as normal. Most having lunch, swimming, sunbathing (for the sun is out today) or ripping into tinnies.

2.45 Wind slowly clocking round to the northeast and sea breeze filling in. Alinghi and their B boat have been up the course and back giving the clear message to the race committee (echoed by everyone out here on the water) "HOW ABOUT IT HAROLD???"

2.55 Pin has gone in. Possibly looking hopeful.

3.05 Both Team New Zealand and Alinghi boats are still tooling around. Sense of expectation. Alinghi have the pin end entry at the 5 minute gun today

3.15 An umpire has been put on to Alinghi. Getting the race underway is looking hopeful, but there is still no word off the committee boat

3.20 Lots of action. Start time looking like 3.45 or 3.50 says Harold Bennett from the race committee boat. As this is beyond the 3.30 watershed, TNZ and Alinghi must agree if racing is to be held. "I don't think they want do it," says Bennett. TNZ in conference. Wind has dropped to 3 knots of breeze.

Brad says "we're happy to go". From the black boat Mike Drummond says "the advice from our weather team is that this 20deg shifts, so we don't think it is feasible to race." He sounds slightly choked up.

3.30 Mike Drummond comes back. "We don't think that we can race at the moment, but there is a convergence zone over the east coast bay. Can we review it at 4pm?" Bennett and Butterworth agree to review at 4.00pm. At present there is light northeasterly but there is an ominous black cloud line, suggesting either tons of wind or none at all.

3.50 Alinghi are tooling around. They have a code zero hoisted. When on port entry Team New Zealand used to pull out the genniker to get extra momentum to get them into the stat box to get out of the dial-up. Alinghi appear to be practice.

3.55 Ed Baird says there is 4.5-4.17 knots.

4.00 Harold Bennett calls up the boats and sees if they want to race tomorrow. Both boats happy to go tomorrow. So it is - our third wasted day on the water.

ARRRGGGHHHH

Race 4 (take 4) is scheduled to kick off at 1.15pm (local time) tomorrow (Monday).

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