America's Cup 2017: Racing Postponed Over Light Winds
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 21:35
Wind-speed moved between seven and 10 knots out on the Great Sound throughout, forcing officials to shorten the race to six legs and shorten those legs after just two legs.
America's Cup Race Director Iain Murray was quizzed on the options for the Defender, Oracle Team USA once they exit the Qualifiers, and the Challengers participate in the Playoffs.
The four races will be sailed Thursday, which had been a lay day.
"ACRM (America's Cup Racing Management) have now confirmed that unfortunately wind is too light to allow for racing today", the organisers of the event, the oldest trophy in global sport, said on Twitter.
"Good news is that we have a spare race day on the schedule tomorrow for exactly this reason, and Races 4-7 will now shift to Thurs 1st June".
Team New Zealand are scheduled for one race, against Britain's BAR syndicate.
As well Softbank Team Japan had the use of an AC45 Surrogate from Oracle Team USA and the Japanese test platform.
If they finish the round-robin in front, they will take a bonus point into the championship match. Wins earn one point, and the four Challengers with the most points advance to the next round. British team Ben Ainslie Racing, who Team New Zealand were due to race today, have also only registered two wins in the qualifiers, but they carried over two points into the regatta after taking out the America's Cup World Series circuit.
After being comprehensively beaten in their first two head-to-head races on Saturday, the French crew showed that they have the speed and started to master their flighty craft on Sunday when they out-raced veterans Artemis Racing.
Wednesday's postponement was the second of the event.
It is the second time in this series that racing has been postponed.