Mean Old Mother Nature

Too much, too little, wrong direction—will the wind ever cooperate at the America’s Cup?

San Francisco

San Francisco’s legendary fog wasn’t the problem that canceled racing today at the America’s Cup. Instead, it was uncooperative wind. Courtesy

Racing was canceled today on San Francisco Bay for what could have been the final day of competition in the 34th America’s Cup. Both the Defender, Oracle Team USA, and the Challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, were rigged and out on the water—ready to race—but unfortunately the wind direction didn’t cooperate. If this is all starting to feel like a cruel-hearted weather joke to you, you’re not alone. This week has seen racing canceled because of too much wind, too little wind and now perfect wind, just out of the (slightly) wrong compass bearing.

The punch line? The wind only needed to shift another 5 to 10 degrees, and Race 14 would have started.

Check back here tomorrow, as Race 14 and—if necessary—Race 15 are expected to take place off of San Francisco starting at 1315 hours local time.


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