Right to the stops in V-Town

Quantum Racing have a three points lead to carry into today’s coastal race which is a sausage-triangle type format.

 

 

 

Valencia has many positive assets on and off the water but there are not many islands to sail around, or spectacular cliff backdrops out there. So the coastal course opens with an upwind leg of two miles to a windward gate, four miles run with the fleet converging midway back through the start line. After the leeward gate it is a four miles beat followed by a reach out to a gybe mark, reach to the final leeward passing mark and then to the finish.
The most exciting stage could be that final leg into the finish which is planned to be right in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, with the line formed between the Alinghi base and the Desafio base. Now that could be interesting with pretty much a downwind leg through the channel.
There are many America’s Cup sailors in the fleet who have come back in that channel having experiencing the absolute highs and lows of Cup sailing. On Quantum Racing, Terry Hutchinson and Kevin Hall were both on the Emirates Team New Zealand team which won the Louis Vuitton Cup here and then went on to lose the 32nd America’s Cup, but it’s a fair bet that this will be the first time the crews will have raced back into the marina!
The winds are expected to be up to about 16 knots, from the NE, with some more wind offshore. It is a little cloudier today.

Kevin Hall (USA), navigator Quantum Racing (USA):
“ We have downgraded a little. There was some talk yesterday of it being pretty windy today….20 knots sort of thing? But I don’t know if we will see more than 16 knots, offshore maybe there will be more as the coast slows it down where we are.”
On the course format:
“ There are not a lot of islands to go around, it is a longer course and the long beats are sometimes interesting, but I am not so sure about this one because there will probably be more pressure offshore. The reaches will be interesting because there are a few different A3’s around.”
If familiarity with the Valencia winds helps?
“ Well, we were pretty strong on starting on the pin yesterday and half way up we looked famous, then it was not so good, so it is yes and no. Certainly there is a familiarity here which makes it a little more comfortable.”
 
   

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