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Wings up in San Diego

Training begins in San Diego prior to Saturday's start of America's Cup World Series racing

Wednesday November 9th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States

Winds were light to moderate on the bay Monday, ideal for a first test sail. Stronger winds are expected beginning as early as tomorrow.

Among the five boats training today was the French Energy Team, with Yann Guichard taking over the skipper and helming duties from Loick Peyron for the racing in San Diego (as Banque Populaire remains on standby for her. The training sessions this week are critical for him and his crew to gel as a team.

"I'm feeling more and more comfortable," said Guichard. "After all, it's still a boat, it's a multihull and I know multihulls quite well. It's more impressive with the wing, but we have a few days of training here so that's good. It's a small race area, quite narrow and with nine boats competing, it's going to be challenging. For the first weekend, there is a low pressure weather system coming so there could be strong winds. We'll be training a lot to be ready for that.”

Racing in San Diego begins with the Port Cities Challenge on Saturday and Sunday (November 12-13). Representatives from the member cities will be aboard the race boats on Sunday. The event culminates with a public prize-giving ceremony at the AC Village following racing.

The championship portion of the America's Cup World Series-San Diego runs from Wednesday 16 November until Sunday 20 November, and includes fleet and match racing, as well as AC500 Speed Trial drag races. The teams earn points from their final ranking in both the fleet and match racing events towards the 2011-2012 America's Cup World Series.

Live, streaming video coverage of the racing runs over 16-20 November on the America's Cup YouTube channel. And for the first time, there will also be live streaming to mobile devices through the America’s Cup YouTube channel.

Beginning on the opening weekend fans can enjoy the show from the America's Cup Village, which features food, merchandise, exhibits and entertainment. The AC Village is housed on North Harbor Drive, between Broadway and Navy Piers. From November 16, the AC Village will feature live music each evening.

Racing at the America's Cup World Series - San Diego is scheduled to start with a warning signal at 13:05 local time each race day.

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