Racing cancelled again

For Louis Vuitton quarter final repechage - luckily for Swedes

Sunday November 24th 2002, Author: Louis Vuitton Media Centre, Location: Australasia
For the second successive day in the Louis Vuitton Cup quarter final repechage, racing was cancelled today because of the weather conditions.

Today though the Hauraki Gulf showed opposite side of its character. While racing was abandoned yesterday because of not enough wind, today it was because of too much wind.

Winds from the east northeast today whipped up lumpy conditions on the Gulf, and before racing could begin, one of the yachts suffered damage. The Swedish Victory Challenge yacht, Orm, broke her boom while under tow in the heavy seas.

The Swedish crew were spared having to call for a delay in racing, however, because at 13.35 the Race Committee hoisted the AP over the A flag to indicate a cancellation of racing.

Winds had been hovering at or above the 19 knot starting wind limit for some time. The Race Committee had hoped that a squall crossing the race area after midday would bring lighter conditions.

But, it soon became clear that the winds were unlikely to ease during the afternoon and the decision was made to call off racing for the day.

This means the best-of-seven repechage matches between OneWorld and Stars & Stripes and between Prada and Victory Challenge will start tomorrow - weather permitting.

The first warning gun in the Quarter Final Repechage is scheduled for 13:05 daily.

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