America's Cup opener put off due to lack of steady wind

Sailing boat Alinghi, centre, waits for wind conditions to improve at the start of the first race. The race will now be held tomorrow. (AP)

A lack of wind yesterday led organisers to postpone the first race of the 33rd America's Cup, pitting defending Swiss champions Alinghi against US side Oracle in a best-of-three series.

The race – a 40-nautical-mile windward-leeward course off the coast of the Spanish port of Valencia – will now be held tomorrow, the next scheduled race day, in accordance with the rules of the sailing competition.

The start of the race had originally been due at 10am local time (0900GMT) but race director Harold Bennett delayed it due to light and shifting winds.

Wind speeds in the racing area located some 27 nautical miles (50km) from the coast varied between 1.5 knots and 11 knots throughout the day.

 

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