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Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series - Big Apple, here we are!
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Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series

2016 America’s Cup World Series – Two months on from the first event of the 2016 season of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the preliminary circuit for the America’s Cup, the defender and challengers are back together for a fresh series of on-the-water battles, this time in New York.

Fourth in the overall ranking in Oman last February, an event won by the English team on BAR ahead of the Americans on Oracle, Groupama Team France finished with a deficit of just two points in relation to Team New Zealand thanks to a superb victory in the last race. It proved to be a very promising performance for the French team, which is targeting a podium finish this weekend in New York.

Two days of competition at the foot of Manhattan’s skyscrapers

On the programme for the coming weekend, six races on the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey. There are likely to be a few complications, notably as a result of the current and what is forecast to be a fairly strong breeze on Sunday.

Bertrand Pacé, coach to Groupama Team France: “The AC45 will be making headway on a stretch of water situated in the middle of the Hudson River and subject to strong currents, which could reach four knots at certain times. In that instance, it might cause a few difficulties… Measurements made over recent days confirm this trend, but there aren’t really any hard and fast rules; it’s variable. With regards to the wind, there are three possible configurations: a south-easterly wind: this is a fairly violent wind, which comes from the skyscrapers if you position yourself on the course. A thermal south-westerly breeze. This is usually more stable, but with elements such as buildings, it may become more random. And finally, a westerly wind. David Lanier, who’s giving us a hand with the weather, has finely modelled the area, but with all the variables that I’ve just explained, analysis of the true situation remains complicated. As a result, the crew of Groupama Team France will simply have to adapt their game accordingly.”

by Groupama Team France

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