23.2.03

N OVER X. Still no Race Four. "At 08:30 [Auckland time] Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett issued the following statement.

'I have consulted both Alinghi and Team New Zealand and their weather teams with regard to today’s weather forecast.

Both teams have agreed that the predictions show little or no chance of a racing breeze which concurs with the Race Committee's findings.

The Race Committee has therefore further postponed race 4 until tomorrow Tuesday 25th February, the next scheduled race day.'

For Tuesday race organisers may have just the opposite problem. The forecast is for Southeast winds of 23 knots, with gusts approaching 30 knots. Strong winds are expected on Wednesday and Thursday as well
."

Sailboat racing is like that, particularly during late summer. You can have that muggy high sitting on top of you with little or no wind and lose most of your racing days, then you have to hustle to get one race in on a blustery day, before the thunderstorm rolls in.

Is there any symbolism in the fact that there have been no races since the Kiwis went to their French tactician?

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