TWM AMERICA'S CUP CHALLENGE 2000
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ONE NEWS NATIONAL
Feb 28  2000  22:56
 
THE CUP: MIXED FEELINGS OVER DELAYS
 
As New Zealand''s biggest sporting event becomes a very drawn-out affair, Team New Zealand and Prada will set out again on Tuesday on Auckland''s Hauraki Gulf in search of wind.

But while the sailors are thirsting for action, many businesses are quite happy for the contest to run on and on. Record crowds have passed through the Cup village - 300,000 in the last week. The lack of wind has been a huge windfall.

On Team New Zealand''s current form, the Cup could have been run and won, but with three days lost to no wind there are still at least two races to go. The dates were set three years ago, and have been worked around international television programming. However, no race rescheduling is planned just yet.

Ironically, Monday''s lay day made for perfect sailing, with 10-15 knots from the south-west.
The race day calm has been caused by recurring high pressure systems in the Tasman sea, shielding the north from significant wind. 


Comment:  Notice the discrepancy? The above report says, "no race rescheduling is planned just yet." The next day (29 Feb), another report reveals that  "Alan Sefton, executive director of Team New Zealand, initiated negotiations on Monday (28 Feb)." Interesting coincidence(?) that it should follow TWM's email of 27 Feb.
 
 
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