All chilled out in Valencia
July 1, 2007, 3:55 pm
Filed under: America's Cup

The America’s Cup went into a two-day holding pattern, the Spanish royal family helicopter for Prince Felipe remained grounded in Madrid, elaborate prize-giving ceremonies were abruptly guillotined, hundreds and hundreds of bottles of Moet were left in the chiller and Grant Dalton was able to celebrate his 50th birthday without tears yesterday.
The seventh race of the best-of-nine, with the defender Alinghi sitting on match point at 4-2, was abandoned as the wind was so soft and variable that race officer Peter Reggio pulled the plug 45 minutes before the time limit.
Team New Zealand, of which Dalton is boss, lives to fight not just another day but two, as there is no racing scheduled for Monday. The forecast is much more optimistic for both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Both TNZ strategist Ray Davies and Alinghi design co-ordinator Grant Simmer said they were content. “We are happy with the decision and we’ve just got to get ready for Tuesday,” said Simmer, adding that the difference between winning and losing often came down to just a few metres of advantageous boat position.
“It’s probably good to have a little bit of a breather,” said Davies, who has seen his team lose three in a row.


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