America’s Cup, no wind. High-tech boats give up

For the first time the 36th America’s Cup has to raise the white flag, remembering that in the end the natural element is still decisive in sailing. The Formula One technology of Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand could not do anything in the absence of wind. At least 6.5 knots on average were needed, but on the Hauraki Gulf there were 5, too few to allow the two boats to compete on the race course. For hours the stretch of water had been invaded by thousands of fans and dozens of boats. There are also many Italian fans. The day was sunny, the temperature 24 degrees.

The first match, the seventh of the match, closed at the moment at 3-3, has been postponed for the first time, pending a change in the weather. Then came the first communication: departure at 16.52 local time, 4.52 in Italy. Then at 4.57pm. And at 5 pm The commission had thought of canceling the first regatta, and having only the second of the two scheduled races run. But the wait was not rewarded: the wind remained weak. So, after an hour and a half the communication arrived: “the whole day was suspended”. Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand will try again tomorrow, at 4.15 pm, 4.15 am tonight in Italy. Wind permitting.

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