America’s Cup: Mother Nature wins first match
Published on May 25th, 2017
Hamilton, Bermuda (May 25, 2017) – Strong winds expected tomorrow have officially postponed day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup.
Forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the afternoon and evening, and with a significantly improved weather outlook for Saturday May 27th and the days following, the four races scheduled to take place on Friday May 26th will now be added to the race schedules for the subsequent days.
The Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will now take place on Saturday May 27th, starting at 8.30pm, following the three time Grammy Award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean’s performance on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village.
“We are obviously disappointed that the strong winds mean we have had to postpone day one of the 35th America’s Cup,” said Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the ACEA. “This is clearly a decision we have not taken lightly and appreciate the inconvenience caused to the sellout crowd.
“Our primary concern, however, is always safety for everyone involved in the America’s Cup. We are adding an hour to the race window on both Saturday and Sunday to run extra races with the aim of getting back on schedule. There are still tickets available at the weekend, although not in all categories, so we are hoping Friday’s ticket holders will still get the chance to enjoy what should be an incredible opening weekend.”