So what happened to the reliable sea breezes promised for Valencia?


‘Valencia, was chosen for its tourism infrastructure and because steady summer breezes guarantee start times for the 32nd edition of the race.’

‘Valencia was a good choice because the western Mediterranean could rely on good, steady winds during the summer months.’

So boasts the website. So what’s gone wrong? After the cancellation of three days’ racing there are many asking this question.

Valencia has, for the past three weeks, been unseasonally cool which means that there has been less chance for the land to heat and generate the sea breeze. Coupled with a very slight pressure gradient the result is nul points for wind. And tomorrow looks much the same.

At least the ACM, who chose Valentia over other possible venues, can take some solace in the fact that Cascais, one of the other favourites, is currently experiencing similar wind conditions.