America's Cup: Stadium Course to make timely return on Tuesday

The Stadium Course has finally come into play for the America's Cup if racing gets underway on Tuesday.
Its a big if with extremely light winds over Auckland in the early morning conditions.

But a southwest breeze is forecasted to slowly build to 10 knots during the afternoon and could arrive in time to get some racing in with The Match delicately poised at 5-3 to Team New Zealand with the Kiwis needing two more wins to hold on to the Auld Mug.

Luna Rossa had their chances against Team New Zealand, but blew leads in both races on Monday.

The south-west wind would be a welcome change from the light to moderate winds that have blown out of the east for the entire block of racing.

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The south-west wind is the ideal direction for the Course C zone which sits under North Head and runs out to Rangitoto Island. Regatta director Iain Murray plans to set up his team there.

It means the perfect opportunity for a crowd to gather on North Head and even the citys inner beach zones to watch the action from land.

The course has been the preferred option throughout the summer but is weather dependent, and it has been frustrating watching the fascinating match unfold on other courses with the northern-most course off East Coast Bays and south-eastern course off Maraetai being used.

The Stadium Course also brings more tactical skills into play with the dominant landmarks affecting wind areas on the water.

Race nine is scheduled to run at 4.15pm and two races are planned - wind permitting.

The light winds continue to test the teams weather teams.

Both teams were caught out during Mondays dramatic action Luna Rossa having too big a jib on for race seven, and Team New Zealand having too small a jib on for race eight.

Team New Zealand managed to win both races to finally break the scoreboard deadlock.


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