On Thursday there were reports from Cagliari that Ineos Team UK were packing to leave Italy.
Although not officially confirmed by the team, it has been reported by Sailing Sardinia and by media in New Zealand that the event in Cagliari from April 23-26 would not now start as scheduled.
Images show that the shore crew have started to strip and pack the Ineos AC75 for return to their Portsmouth HQ.
Some Ineos members have left for England knowing that they will have to quarantine themselves for a minimum 14 days.
Giles Scott’s Finn dinghies have also been removed from the club.
Scott is due to compete in the Finn Gold Cup in Palma, Mallorca, in early May, if that event does go ahead.
The other March sailing events in Palma have already been cancelled.
If Ineos Team UK are leaving that would indicate the cancellation of the first ACWS event due to take place there, and would also put the second event in Portsmouth UK under pressure.
A Team New Zealand statement said a formal announcement on the future of the event would be made in due course.
Ineos have not commented . . . but the organisers of the Portsmouth event, Origin Sports Group with Emirates Team New Zealand, advised that event planning is well on track for the event being hosted June 4-7. This may be wishful thinking!
In an unrelated incident, the bow of Luna Rossa was damaged when the bobstay broke tearing off part of the bow and leaving a sizable hole.
With all this inaction and short-lived media postings, the America’s Cup seems to be struggling for consensus from the chaos.