Considering that the Louis Vuitton series is scheduled to start on October 1 next year, the present conditions provide a sobering warning to designers, crews and event organisers that a torrid baptism awaits. "We arrived on October 3 and planned to get sailing straight away," said Gilmour. "The boats had been set up in advance and were ready to go. But we have managed to get very few sailing days so far and we are already more than halfway through the month." Along with Seattle-based OneWorld, a number of other syndicates have already arrived, including the British GBR Challenge and the reigning Louis Vuitton champions, Prada. The Swiss Alinghi Challenge, the Swedish Victory Challenge, and the Oracle Racing syndicate are also expected to train in Auckland this summer.