The second of the seven yachting races between Australia and the United States for the America's Cup was called off yesterday (Friday, 18 Sept.) because of fog.
AERIAL V Newport, Rhode Island
AERIAL V Dozens of spectator boats
SV Australian challenger Gretel II under way
LV Spectators on board ferry
LV U.S. Yacht Intrepid
Gretel & Intrepid at starting line
LV Two yachts racing
LV PAN FROM Intrepid to Gretel
LV Yachts approach and sail around buoy (3 shots)
LV Yachts in fog
SV Launch in fog
SV Gretel with launch alongside
SV Spectators on another yacht watch
SV Gretel under tow
SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: The second of the seven yachting races between Australia and the United States for the America's Cup was called off yesterday (Friday, 18 Sept.) because of fog. With visibility down almost to nothing, officials abandoned the race because it was too dangerous to continue.
The American yacht Intrepid was leading, and four of the six legs of the race and almost been completed when the race was called off.
Fog had shrouded the two 12-metre yachts throughout the first three legs of the triangular course off Newport, Rhode Island. Then it came down like a blanket.
The last race of the elimination series between the Australian yacht Gretel the second, and the French boat, France, was sailed in fog, and the France's owner, Baron Marcel Bich, protested bitterly over the conduct of the race. But the committee running the race said that once the race had started it could not be called off.
Yesterday, however, the race committee said that the skippers had agreed beforehand that the race would be abandoned if foul weather endangered the yachts.
Gretel lost the first race of the series against Intrepid, but led in the early stages of yesterday's race. Intrepid passed her but Gretel was catching up when the race was abandoned.
Today (Saturday, 19 Sept.) high winds prevented Gretel and Intrepid going out on practice runs off Newport.
Their next race is due to take place tomorrow (Sunday).