Emirates: The sun’s out but the breeze stays away

Emirates Team New Zealand NZL92 drifts around the southern race course waiting for wind that never comes.
Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©

Beautiful sunny weather in Valencia again today, but no breeze to speak of, certainly not enough to go racing.

Racing was abandoned again after crews and spectators had waited patiently for more than two hours for the breeze to fill in.

Racing crews are used to waiting for the wind and they’re philosophical about delays.

The crew on Emirates Team New Zealand’s NZL 92 is keen to go racing. Sooner or later they will.

Emirates Team New Zealand crew Barry McKay, Dean Barker, Richard Meacham and Don Cowie sit on the foredeck of NZL92 waiting for wind that never comes.
Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©

As Spain moves into summer the reliable breeze will return. As the day progresses the land heats, the warm air rises and cooler air flows in from the sea.

The breeze builds progressively as the afternoon progresses.

Tomorrow’s scheduled matches for NZL 92:Desafio Espanol and Shosholoza Challenge. The weather forecast is for a light breeze.

Emirates Team New Zealand website: www.emiratesteamnz.com

Emirates Team New Zealand crew Mark Mendelblatt, Chris Ward and Terry Hutchinson aboard NZL92 waiting for wind that never comes. 17/4/2007
Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©