Forecast for America's Cup racing 'promising'
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE IN SAN FRANCISCO
This could be the day - the prospects of both America's Cup races going ahead looks promising today.
That's a welcome relief after yesterday's doubleheader action was wiped out by high winds.
It's dawned sunny and relatively calm in San Francisco where Team New Zealand chase two wins to take the America's Cup and defenders Oracle need at least one victory to stay alive and drag out their quest for eight more wins to hold on to the Auld Mug.
Regatta director Iain Murray confirmed the wind forecast for today was "promising".
He was predicting around 15 knots for the first race, building to 16-18 knots for the second race.
The only concerning factor is the strong ebb tide remains and that eats into the top wind limit of 23 knots allowed for racing in this final.
Consequently the wind limit for the first race will be reduced 21 knots and 20 knots for the second race.
That won't allow too much breathing space, especially for the second race where the winds have a habit of kicking up on the bay.
"So there is a convergence of wind and current again. But the forecast looks OK and we are pretty confident," Murray said.
Both boats are expected to have new measurement certificates for today's racing, making adjustments to get into mode for the less wind than has been presented to them recently.
Team New Zealand will relish an opportunity to try to get the job completed in mid-range conditions.
They have conceded that Oracle has held an edge in the heavier winds lately.
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