Tuesday, April 10, 2007

America's Cup Valencia

Well we took our chance to check out the AC village in Valencia over Easter and my general impression was that its more spread out than the Auckland setup and perhaps less vistor friendly. Not the same viaduct basin lineup of bars and restaurants. The place gave an impression that it was slightly unfinished - however this may be just the retrospective impression given by the completed Auckland village after hosting twice - I don't have a clear memory of what it was like on day 1 of the 1st defense. There was also heavy security in Valencia with metal detector doorways like the airport to enter and exit the village. This did not deter the local peeps who on Easter Monday in particular were visiting the base in their thousands. Pictures are 1) a shot of peeps queing at the security gates to get into the village, 2) as close as we got to the Team NZ base, and 3)the Alinghi base and boat.

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