While hundreds of eager watchers lined the railings along the water at Liberty State Park, today’s America’s Cup racing action just didn’t happen.
At about 3 p.m., America’s Cup said on its Facebook page that light winds and strong current made for challenging conditions.
An hour later, racing was officially cancelled.
Spectators listening to radios and watching through binoculars saw boats getting stuck in the mud or simply not moving.
John Mayer of Lincoln Park says he has his own catamaran, but nothing quite like the boats in the America’s Cup race. As an experienced sailor, he was well aware of the challenges the racers were facing today.
“The river is running the opposite way, and the tide is going out,” he said, pointing to flags that were not moving because there wasn’t any wind.ÃÂ
Dan Dasaro was watching the water with his sons Zak, 16, and Michael, 15. Sailing runs in the family Ã¢ÂÂ the boys have been on the water since they were 6 and 4 respectively.
“We’re listening to chatter, tuning UHF channels,” Dan Dasaro said before the races were canceled. “We’re hearing the Coast Guard telling boats to move away. We saw some boats drifting backward for a while.”
He says his family sails out of the Monmouth Boat Club.
This weekend marks the first time in 96 years that the America’s Cup was held in New York Harbor. CatamaransÃÂ from around theÃÂ globe will travel across the harbor at speeds up to 40 miles an hour,ÃÂ as part of theÃÂ Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
Racing is expected to resume tomorrow from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony to follow at 4:30 p.m.
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