domingo, 28 de febrero de 2010

Making fast even faster

(Source BMW ORACLE) BMW ORACLE Racing turned to 3M riblet technology to reduce drag and increase the speed of USA, its giant trimaran that won the 33rd America's Cup earlier this month.

3M supplied BMW ORACLE Racing with an experimental riblet film, custom manufactured for USA, which was powered by the largest wing sail ever built.“The 3M technology makes an already fast boat even faster," said Manolo Ruiz de Elvira, of the BMW ORACLE Racing design team. "Our hulls were more slippery and therefore moved more efficiently through the water than ever before.”Similar technology was used by the last US team to successfully challenge for, and win, the Cup - Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes team which won in 1987 in Fremantle, Australia.In recent editions of the Cup, the technology has been banned under the rules. But in a Deed of Gift Match, no such limitation was imposed, and the team turned to 3M to help make its trimaran as fast as possible.“3M has incorporated new technology advancements into 3M Drag Reduction Riblet Film. We can now more accurately design the most appropriate riblet film for each application," said Brian Winke, 3M's global business manager. "This results in more efficient energy use.”
Check out this interesting article explaining how the system works. It has been used with success in the aeronautical world - less resistance translates into large reductions in fuel consumption.

BMW ORACLE Racing Video Gallery

Race 1 full highlights

Race 2 full highlights

martes, 23 de febrero de 2010

San Fran 34 on Facebook!

Check out the link

Even quieter at BMW Oracle

Victory flags still flying?

A lone sole tidying up

No one there!

He is there I promise!

The gate to the operations base in the commercial port was not that welcoming, with not much activity going on in there.

All quiet at Alinghi

View of the yachts still here on the T-jetty.

Larry's little yacht was still sitting there

Alinghi 5 looking very neglected - might need antifoul soon

Whilst their shop is having 50% sales, there wasnt many team members to be spotted. Some had even left their bikes for sale in the shop. Alinghi 5 remains parked up in the water and trucks seem to come and go.

More victory tour..

Some rare footage of Tom Ehman talking.

The Cup comes home..

lunes, 22 de febrero de 2010


More news tomorrow on the goings on in Valencia. Bases are being tidied up and reports are that both the current Defender and the vanquished are reducing teams. This is to be expected and time will tell whether these are just holidays or the cleansings at the start of a new cycle.

Volvo Ocean Race Documents posted

Notice of Race 2011-12

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Volvo Stop over confirmed

The route for the 2011-12 race is now set and the first port of call will be Cape Town, South Africa, making its eighth appearance as a host.

This marks the beginning of the port announcement process with the rest of the course due to be revealed before the end of March.

"We have received port bids from many different cities, each with their own cultures, specialities and challenges," said CEO Knut Frostad. "We have taken our time to evaluate carefully over 80 bids from ports around the world who wanted to host the event, before making our decisions.

"As we continue to improve and lift the bar for our stopovers, it is great to have Cape Town onboard sharing the same vision and ambitions."

Leg one from Alicante to Cape Town, a distance of 6,500 nautical miles, is one of the longest in the race and historically, the team that wins this leg has gone on to claim the overall trophy. In the 2008-09 race the eventual race winner Ericsson 4 took 21 days, 17 hours and 54 seconds to complete the passage.

“We are delighted that after a year of negotiations, Cape Town has once again been selected as the first port of call in this prestigious ocean race. As the past few stopovers have proved, the race is a superb platform to achieve business tourism and sporting objectives for Cape Town and the Western Cape” said Bruce Parker-Forsyth, CEO of The Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town Stopover and Worldsport, the project management company behind the last four stopovers.

For Cape Town, hosting the 11th Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread will be the biggest event following its staging of the FIFA World Cup of football. Over two million tickets have been bought for the World Cup, which takes place throughout South Africa in June this year.

Pieter Cronjé, Director of Communication for the City of Cape Town said "Cape Town is proud to be the Host Port for the exciting and spectacular Volvo Ocean Race 2011 – 2012. Cape Town is a maritime city and growing events capital. This announcement will provide destination marketing and economic benefits beyond the staging of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"The 2008 race stopover generated an estimated total economic impact of R308.15 million for Cape Town and the Western Cape. The tourism destination marketing exposure for Cape Town was estimated at R77.45 million. Local communities were also involved in the stopover through volunteer programmes, student internships, community days and a local craft exhibition."

The V&A Waterfront will be a perfect place for shore crews to prepare the boats for the next test in the race, There will be a full schedule of sailing ahead of the start of leg two, including the in-port race series and pro-am racing.

The European ports of call for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2012, including the finish port will be the next to be announced and the entire route is set to be revealed before the end of March.

martes, 16 de febrero de 2010

Thank you

Alinghi 5, Valencia

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank you for your support of Alinghi over the past 10 years. Whenever called upon you always answered “present” by proudly displaying the team’s colors. Many of you showed up in Auckland, Valencia, Lake Geneva, Marseille, Malmo-Skane, Trapani or Genoa to encourage and support the crew during training and in competition. We had the pleasure to read your messages of encouragement throughout this adventure.

On behalf of the team: Thank you.

The 33rd America's Cup was full of twists and turns, but the competition was fair. The team put forth the thorough effort that has been its character from Day 1, and gave the best of themselves. We don’t have any regrets; BMW Oracle’s wing sail showed incredible efficiency.

You should not forget that Alinghi was the first team to bring the America’s Cup back to Europe, and won the trophy twice, in 2003 and 2007.

The 33rd America’s Cup is over, but Alinghi will carry on. There are still many new challenges to tackle, and we will count on you once again to pursue this adventure with us.

Sincerely and best wishes,

ed Something tells me this won't be the last we see of these guys. A well deserved holiday after all those years.

Can you see the difference?

The similarity is that both times he was working for a bearded man!

Anarchy boat sales

We received an e-mail today from someone claiming to be Brad Butterworth and wishing to list this in our classifieds. Who are we to argue?

Distress sale. Owner piled up big debts due to legal issues and couldn't afford to pay my salary. All I got was this crappy boat. TLC project, ballast system easily converted to beer kegs, low miles on engine, possible conversion to a cruiser. No sails, we had to return them to the country of origin. Will only take euros. $1 million firm.

ed Although the Sailing Anarchy article is funny - Alinghi 5 is probably the only one of the two yachts with any future after this edition of the Cup. The picture below doesn't seem so far from a possible resting place for this beast.

Race 2 highlights

At last the highlights of Race 2 - just check out the first reach of USA topping 33 knots.

USA race 2 gallery

Alinghi 5 race 2 gallery

Click on the image to accesss the gallery

Valencia is sporty!

Cup goes back to the US

I think he says it fairly clearly in this video here on where the Cup is destined.

Past Results

Check out this cool link on past Cup Matches on the Alinghi pages! Click on the image above.

Americas Cup History

Source Hamish Ross The America's Cup is a symbol of yachting supremacy. Winning the America's Cup is one of the most difficult sporting accomplishments possible, and it took 132 years before the trophy was wrestled from the New York Yacht Club in 1983.

The Cup itself was made in 1848 by Garrards of London who were, at the time, the Royal Jewellers. The Cup was one of several identical cups made at the time. It languished at Garrards, unsold, for several years until it was purchased by the Royal Yacht Squadron as a trophy for a special race held in the year of the Great Exhibition of 1851 held in London. Now, it is a priceless sporting treasure.

A syndicate of 5 members of the New York Yacht Club built and sailed a schooner they called America to Britain where it entered the Royal Yacht Squadron's race which was open to all nations but in fact was only raced by America and other yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron. America convincingly won the race and took the Cup home to New York amongst great acclaim.

Several years later, the syndicate gifted the Cup to the New York Yacht Club as a trophy for friendly competition between yacht clubs of foreign countries and the Club then invited the eminent yacht clubs of Europe to compete. In time, the Cup became known as the "America's Cup".

The advent of the Crimean War involving several European nations including Britain, and later the American Civil War, was largely responsible for a lack of challengers.

In 1870, after narrowly beating an American yacht in a race across the Atlantic, James Ashbury, the owner of Cambria, challenged for the America's Cup. The New York Yacht Club forced him to race against its entire fleet which he unsurprisingly lost. Ashbury challenged again in 1871 and was successful in forcing the New York Yacht Club to meet his challenge with one vessel rather than its fleet. However, Ashbury again lost his challenge amongst much controversy and mutual accusations of unsporting behaviour. It would be 14 years before a British challenger would make another attempt.

In the interim, the New York Yacht Club defeated two challenges organised by Alexander Cuthbert, a Canadian boat builder of limited means. Such was the failure of his challenge that the New York Yacht Club amended the Deed of Gift to prevent any further challenges from the Canadian Great Lakes.

British yacht designer J. Beavor-Webb was instrumental in organising two challenges by yachts he designed, Genesta and Galatea in 1885 and 1886, which set a rare high point in America's Cup sportsmanship when Sir Richard Sutton declined to race Genesta when the Defender Puritan was disabled in 1885. Galatea's challenge of 1886 is notable as the first time a woman, William Henn's wife, was on board.

The only challenge to come from Scotland for the America's Cup in Thistle in 1887 was instrumental in the New York Yacht Club again changing the Deed of Gift after finding itself under time pressure to construct a defender capable of meeting a challenger. Thistle was designed by the legendary Scottish designer, G L Watson but was defeated decisively by the Defender, Volunteer.

Lord Dunraven challenged for the America's Cup in 1893 and 1895 in Valkyrie II and Valkyrie III and was equally unsuccessful. His last challenge ended in considerable acrimony after he had imputed the Defender had cheated, but which the New York Yacht Club rejected after a major enquiry. Dunraven's failure to apologise caused him to be expelled as an honorary member of the New York Yacht Club.

The next 5 challenges for the America's Cup were made by Thomas Lipton through the Royal Ulster Yacht Club in his yachts Shamrock to Shamrock V, all of which were unsuccessful, although he came closest in 1920 in a match that had been delayed by the outbreak of the First World War. When he was 2 races up in a best of 5 race series and needed only one more race to win, he proceeded to lose the next 3 races to Resolute. It was the first time a challenger had won a race since Ashbury's second challenge of 1871.

Following the death of Lipton, T. O. M. Sopwith challenged in 1934 and 1937 in Endeavour and Endeavour II. The New York Yacht Club narrowly avoided defeat when again the challenger had won the first 2 races in a best of 5 race series and lost the vital third race on the final beat by the superior handling of Rainbow's skipper, Harold Vanderbilt. The defeat so devastated Sopwith and his crew that they were unable to win any of the remaining 3 races. The third race became controversial after the New York Yacht Club refused to hear a protest because Endeavour had failed to hoist a protest flag at the time of the foul, as required by US rules but not British rules.

Racing for the America's Cup was interrupted by the outbreak of the second World War and was not resumed until 1958 after the Deed of Gift had been amended by the New York Courts to allow racing in smaller and more economical 12 Metre Class yachts. A British challenge from the Royal Yacht Squadron was easily defeated in 1958, as was the first Australian challenge in 1962. The last British challenge for the America's Cup was defeated in 1964, although it did participate, unsuccessfully, in later Challenger Selection Series.

In 1967, 1970, 1974, 1977 and 1980, various Australian yacht clubs unsuccessfully challenged for the America's Cup.

The history making challenge of Alan Bond representing the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Western Australia in Australia II was ultimately the first challenger to win the America's Cup in 1983 after defeating the Dennis Connor helmed Liberty in a 4-3 final race victory, using an innovative wing keel that was the cause of much controversy and which continues in some quarters to this day.

Royal Perth Yacht Club of Western Australia failed to defend the trophy in 1987 when Dennis Connor in Stars & Stripes representing the San Diego Yacht Club successfully defeated Kookaburra III, an event which saw New Zealand's first participation in the America's Cup, losing the Challenger Selection Final to Dennis Connor. Unknown at the time, this was to be the spectacular swan song of the 12 Metre Class in America's Cup racing.

The 27th Match for the America's Cup was the America's Cup's most controversial following a surprise challenge from a tiny, unknown New Zealand yacht club, Mercury Bay Boating Club, represented by a large boat inspired by the J-Class yacht. The Defender's defence in a catamaran resulted in Court action over the terms of the Deed of Gift, which was finally resolved in the Defender's favour in 1990 after hearings in the New York Supreme Court and two New York Appellate Courts. Following the turbulent Big Boat/catamaran mismatch, a new class of yacht was created for use in America's Cup competition, which became known as the America's Cup Class. Bill Koch in America3 successfully defeated Il Moro di Venezia in 1992.

San Diego Yacht Club's tenure as trustee of the America's Cup was terminated in 1995 by the challenge headed by Peter Blake and skippered by Russell Coutts representing Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in New Zealand in a decisive 5-0 victory over Dennis Connor helmed Young America.

Russell Coutts and his close team, including Brad Butterworth, Murray Jones, Warwick Fleury, Simon Daubney and Dean Phipps defeated Luna Rossa in New Zealand and successfully defended the America's Cup for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in 2000.

History was again made when Alinghi representing Société Nautique de Genève became the first European challenger to win the America's Cup on 2 March 2003 by defeating the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's representative, New Zealand.

The Cup is now held by Société Nautique de Genève, the fifth holder of the America's Cup in twenty years, who is represented again by Alinghi to defend the Cup in Valencia, Spain in 2007, against challengers from all over the world, keen to become the sixth holder of the America's Cup.

What lies in store for the Cup?

Here follows a quick summary of what lies in store for the America's Cup, as expressed by the Defender's voice, Russell Coutts last night.

Court Cases
Coutts says that although this is not his decision, he feels they should and probably will drop the outstanding lawsuits.

Nothing was given away here as BMWOR said they would decide this with the rest of the Challengers. If the Cup goes back to monohulls, will BMWOR need all those French trimaran and wing experts?

BMWOR were very cagey on this one, as could be expected. This morning Valencia Mayoress Rita Barbera made claims that Ellison had promised in 2007 that should they win the Cup, they would stay. From outside one wonders how on earth they won't take the Cup back to the States! Names like San Francisco, Newport and some other European cities have been mentioned. Coutts is known to be in favour of a venue with breeze - which may just rule Valencia out. Will we be going back to Fremantle? No dates were forthcoming either.

Coutts made it clear that although it wasn't decided how many yachts would be allowed per team, the Defender would not take part in the Challenger series. Hints of throwbacks to the old days of a seperate Defender series was discussed.

Coutts made it clear that the organisers would be independent and there to ensure a fair playing field for all competing teams. It was important to ensure that all on the water issues were handled by independent parties.

A couple of sources hinted at the possibility of enforcing national requirements for the teams - to the degree that the sailors may have to be eligible for Olympic Games selection. One finds it hard to see how this is feasible in the modern Cup. BMWOR would battle on this one - with only 1 American sailing on USA during the Cup! Not to mention that Gavin Brady doesn't seem too Italian either.

ed One thing is clear and that is that the relevance of the Deed of Gift may need to be assessed as we enter into a new age of sport and yachting. The last thing the Auld Mug needs is to be dragged back through the courts in the new future.

Mission accomplished!

lunes, 15 de febrero de 2010

They have the Cup

The Cup with it's new colours Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget

The BMW Oracle family Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget

The sailing team Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget

The signing with the Challenger of Record Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget

Challenger of Record announced

Americas Cup 33 in numbers

One month before Consorcio Valencia 2007 jointly with an international team of specialists staged a global event which again placed Valencia on the world stage.

The Société Nautique de Geneve delegated the land-side organization of the 33rd America’s Cup to Consorcio Valence 2007.

On 7th February the Port America' S Cup located in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I of Valencia inaugurated the 33e edition of the oldest international sporting trophy in the world in front of more than 60.000 people.

Over 10 days, more than 150 people of 10 nationalities were engaged in the smooth operation on the ground of an event which welcome over 200, 000 visitors and which concluded with the ceremony of handing-over of the spectacular trophy crowned by an exceptional fireworks display.

39 TV channels acquired the broadcasting rights : Sky (Great Britain), Canal + (France), Teledeporte and Canal 9 (Spain), Eurosport (Europe), Show Time (the Middle East), ESPN (the USA) FOX Live (Australia), TVNZ and Sky (New Zealand).
15 hours of live broadcasting to 216 territories
27 hours of special programs
2,160 million potential viewing audience.

2,800,000 visits
1,200,000 unique visitors
656,000 unique visitors watched the live racing direct through the official web site
(this audience does not include the streaming broadcasting by 350 other Internet sites worldwide)
346,000 was the record number of unique visitors, occurring on the 12 of February 16,000 Facebook fans and 13,000 followers on Twitter in the three official languages of all the communication of the Web (Spanish, English and French)
More than 300 articles published more in three languages on

(from the 7th to the 14th of February)
Global number of visitors: 201,000 between the 7th the 14th of February
Record: 7th of February 2007 - 60,000 people at the event inauguration
More than 2,000 children of Valencian schools in organized visits
More than 1,200 hamburgers more served
More 5,000 served plates of paella
More than 800 fondues (150 kg of cheese) served
More than 1,400 kilos of powder in `mascletás'


965 Requests accreditation requests from 37 countries (Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Great Britain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, the Faeroes, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Holland, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Islands Vírgenes and the Ukraine)
More than 8,000 articles were published
400 daily users connected to the Internet to the Wi-Fi network of 120 Mbs
10 kilometers of optical fiber installed
15 official Vehicles that have realised 13,244 kilometers in more than 700 services
5 official press conferences in the conference hall

2,000 sq m of canvases
500 banners
180 bus stop advertising panels
1,000 1 minute adverts of the 33rd America's Cup in the trains of the Mediterranean corridor area
Continuous advertising of 35 seconds in 345 buses of Valencia
10,000 official programs distributed.
Presence in airports of Madrid and Barcelona


2 boats: the catamaran Alinghi 5 and the trimaran the USA
2 regattas: 12th of February and 14th of February 2 formats of racing: Windward/Leeward (12th of February) and triangle (14th of February)
79 nautical miles of racing: 40 in the first and 39 in second
24 sailors in the official crew listing: 14 on Alinghi 5, 10 in the USA
2-0, the score in favor of BMW ORACLE Racing
15 minutes and 25 seconds, the delta of first race, the 12 of February
5 minutes and 29 seconds, the delta of second race, the 14 of February

33 editions of America's Cup between 1870 and 2010
4 countries have defended the America's Cup: The United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland
28 editions defended by the United States: 1870 to 1983, 1988, 1992, 1995
1 edition defended by Australia: 1987
2 editions defended by New Zealand: 2000 and 2003
2 editions defended by Switzerland: 2007 and 2010
7 countries have reached the America's Cup Match (England, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States)
6 venues in 159 years: New York (the USA), Newport (the USA), Fremantle (AUS), San Diego (the USA), Auckland (NZL) and Valencia (ESP) 1 trophy: the America's Cup
1 America's Cup

ed These are the numbers supplied by the organisers.

That winning feeling: Race 2

Curtains on Valencia?

After being chosen to be the Host City of the 32nd America's Cup in 2007, the first America’s Cup ever to be held in Europe, in 2010 Valencia welcomes the 33rd edition of the oldest sports trophy in the world.

Located on Spain’s Mediterranean coastline, Valencia's strengths include excellent sailing conditions, an extensive base created exclusively for the event, its great marine tradition and the enormous organisational capacity of such a dynamic city.

It is the capital of the Valencia Region and is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities. It is a historical, dynamic, modern and enterprising city where the America’s Cup family, the public and fans will enjoy the benefits of the special village created specifically for them.

ed The facilities in Valencia are fantastic and the perhaps while the existing services need some improvement, Valencia has proved a great venue. Any other venue will need serious time and money to reach the level where Valencia is currently. If the Cup doesn't want her then she should focus on making the best use of what she has.I find it very difficult to believe that BMW Oracle will not take the Cup back to the States - Newport or San Fran! Right now I am sure they are just enjoying the Cup.

Anarchy with Onorato

Could he be the one?

Challenger of Record?

Watch this space - but one thing was clear is that the hints made by Ellison about Onorato last night and their strong presence in recent acts makes them look a good bet to be the new Challenger of record.
Ellison admits they have a Challenger of Record and that they will do a press conference soon regarding the issue.

Ehman and Vincenzo spotted by the Anarchy brigade

Cup handover

The America's Cup is handed over to the Golden Gate Yacht Club and its BMW ORACLE Racing team.
From SNG to GGYC

Spithill, Coutts, Ellison and Kostecki (left to right)

As with the regatta, the Cup handover was a very toned down ceremony with a small crowd in attendance to witness a handful of Oracle team members receive the Auld Mug. Not a shade on the scenes of the 32nd edition!

Alinghi press conference

Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) Team President and helm Alinghi (SUI):
“Over the last ten years anyone who has come close to the Alinghi team I guess understands what I feel now. There is a unique warmth, a unique spirit, a unique friendship that ties any person who has either worked, cheered or come close and met the Alinghi team. And so I am very proud of what we achieved over the last nine years.”

“It is not for me decide the future of the America’s Cup any more so I will wait and see what the future is going to bring us and where it going to take us. Then I will decide.”

“We could see there was a bit of difference in the boats, but that’s yacht racing.”

“ They had a strategy. They got a little help from the legal system in New York that always makes things difficult for us Europeans to get the same sort advantages. They were able to change their boat when they saw ours, they were able to bring a wing and they were faster. So, good on them. Maybe I wouldn’t have done the same thing, but that is the America’s Cup, it is not the European Cup, it is the America’s Cup. The Americans have a bit of an advantage but they take the Cup back home. Let’s see what happens now.”

“ I think the greatest achievement of Alinghi is being the first European Team to win the America’s Cup.”

“If you win the America’s Cup you hope you are not going to be sued!”

“ The best part is not actually having the silverware itself. The best part is having the team that is successful, which has a spirit, which wins and god knows if we had won. If any team that has won over the last ten years has won it is Alinghi. Now these last two races we did not win, we were disadvantaged we didn’t have a boat which was quite fast enough, but with the boat we had, with the odds we had we did our best to show that we were not going to lay down. We exit with our heads high.”

Brad Butterworth (NZL) skipper-tactician Alinghi (SUI):
“ I think both days were real races. Unfortunately it is just two races, but I’d like to congratulate Oracle on the job that they have done, designing and building and sailing that boat. It is not an easy thing to do the change their boat, to re-mode it and to push it when they saw what we were coming out with. And to the guys in our group as well. They did a great job with the time constraints they had.”

“ We wanted to get the right hand side of the start line. We were a little bit bunched by the start being called so late in the day. We really weren’t close enough for the time that we had and we struggled to ping the ends and then gybe round and get to our end so we got a nice penalty for free and that was two for two, so we like be even numbers, that is good. We thought we’ve got the penalty we will gybe round and we could not get to the starboard layline to the committee boat which is what wanted, because of the spectator boats.”

“We managed to get what we wanted and I think we had better pressure on that side on that long starboard tack and we pushed the boat harder than we have ever pushed it on both tacks.”

ed This is truly the end of an impressive run for Alinghi - a great team since 2000! Let us hope they hang around to race the Cup again.

Oracle press conference

Larry Ellison (USA) team founder and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
“ It is a fabulous experience I am very proud to be part of this team and I am exceptionally proud to bring the America’s Cup back to the United States of America for the first time in a very long time.”

James Spithill (AUS) skipper-helm BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
“ What a fantastic race. Firstly I would really like to congratulate Alinghi for bouncing back today. They were coming out there swinging. We knew they were a champion team and they showed that again today. Full credit to them it was one hell of a boat race. I tell you enjoyed every minute of it.”
It was good to see the reaching race, I think you’ll appreciate the boats getting together and showed how exciting it can be.

John Kostecki (USA) tactician BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):

“ This is huge. I have been dreaming about winning the America’s Cup for 25 years and so it is a very special moment. It is a great team and this was very much a team effort. Everyone put in a lot. It was a difficult project especially with the wing sail, and there was some testing times.”

Russell Coutts (NZL) CEO and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):

“ I think this was a very challenging event. Even two or three months ago I was not sure that we could have our team working effectively enough to beat these guys. I know, because I was in team Alinghi and I know how good they are. It was a fantastic effort on our behalf to have beaten them and certainly I hope to see them back and competing in the America’s Cup.”

Larry Ellison (USA) team founder and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA) ….one his thoughts on possible venues for the 34th America’s Cup in response to questions about San Francisco and Valencia:
“ I think we are open to considering a lot of options. We will talk to San Francisco, to Valencia…..Valencia have been fantastic hosts to the last two America’s Cups. And as you know we pushed very hard to hold this Cup in Valencia. It was not the Defender’s first choice, and overall we enjoyed sailing the 32nd and the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia.”

Larry Ellison (USA) team founder and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA)….on speculation about a Challenger of Record:
“ All I would like to say is that we definitely have Challenger of Record. One thing I would like to assure people about the 34th America’s Cup. There be a completely independent jury, there will be a completely independent umpires. It will be an independent group which manages the next America’s Cup and there will be a level playing field for all competitors.”

James Spithill (AUS) skipper-helm BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA)….on comparisons with his last America’s Cups in monuhulls;
“This one has been an amazing experience, pretty much for al the team, but especially for the sailors, Pretty much everyone on the boat had very little multihull experience beforehand. In some ways this almost one feels harder. For me personally it was a really steep hill to climb. To be able to climb that you need to have good support and early on Franck Cammas and the Groupama guys, Glenn Ashby, Roman Hagara and a lot of these multihull experts. From my point of view there was no way I could have got to that level without their help and support.”

Russell Coutts (NZL) CEO and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
“ Of course we would like to see Alinghi back as a challenger. They are one of the best teams in this business, and they have proven that. I think that the Cup boats we should reach consensus with the rest of the America’s Cup world. I think it would be irresponsible for one party to make try and make a decision on behalf of the everyone else. You need to put a lot of thought into this. This is a 159 year old trophy and let’s look after it.”

Larry Ellison (USA) team founder and afterguard BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA):
“This particular America’s Cup has got a lot of interest because for the first time in a long time it featured the two fastest sailboats in the world. And the limits of what is possible marrying high speed sailing and material science, carbon fibre, Kevlar, computational fluid dynamics, computer simulation of not only our hulls but also our wing. It was really a high tech race. And a bunch of people who really aren’t that interested in sailing followed it pretty closely. And we think that is important for our sport. We think that is important to get the television coverage, to involve non sailors as well as sailors. We are going to try and make decision along with the rest of the America’s Cup community so we can do just that, achieving sponsorship and funding for all of the teams from BMW ORACLE and Alinghi to the China Team and the South African Team and the Swedish team the New Zealand team. If we do our job well and work closely with them it should be the most popular America’s Cup ever, the 34th America’s Cup.”
ed Time will tell if what was said is true. I am sure it will take a few days for the dust to settle and BMW Oracle to enjoy their victory first.

domingo, 14 de febrero de 2010

USA win reviewed

USA win 33rd America's Cup Match BMW ORACLE Racing Team’s revolutionary wing sail powered trimaran USA convincingly won Race 2 off Valencia today to win the 33rd America’s Cup match outright. The American team, founded ten years ago by software mogul Larry Ellison, achieved its ultimate goal when they powered across the finish line of Race 2 with a margin of 5 minutes and 26 seconds to defeat the Swiss Defender’s Alinghi 2-0. Ellison sailed on board USA today, his first America’s Cup Match race proving a winning one. BMW ORACLE Racing become the first American team to win the America’s Cup since 1992 when America3 defeated Il Moro de Venezia off San Diego. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club become the 28th American Defender of the America’s Cup.

Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, has now won the America’s Cup four times, twice with his native New Zealand, once at the helm of the Swiss Alinghi team and now masterminding the success of Ellison’s American team. In the evening twilight the giant black and white trimaran USA speared across the finish line off Valencia, a long way ahead of the Swiss team who first won the America’s Cup in New Zealand in 2000 and then successfully defended it against Emirates Team New Zealand in July 2007. After a delay of over six hours waiting for the SE’ly wind to settle, Race 2 of the best of three series was contested in around 6-9 knots of breeze.

The showdown immediately unfolded in dramatic fashion when Alinghi were penalised for an error in the start box, the second successive penalty during the Pre-Start sequence. USA lead off the start line by 24 seconds but the Swiss team hooked into extra wind pressure on the right side of the course and a favourable 20 degrees shift in wind direction. They profited progressively and at one stage were some 600 metres ahead of the BMW ORACLE Racing Team’s trimaran.

Unlike Friday’s whitewash, when USA sailed steadily away from Alinghi 5, the windward leg was nailbiting right until the American trimaran was able to round the first mark with a small lead.
On the approach to the windward mark of the 39 miles triangle shaped course, USA came back when they were able to squeeze inside the line of Alinghi, to turn 28 seconds ahead. Surging to 30 knots at times on the first of two 13 miles reaches, the powerful trimaran with its 223ft high solid wing sail rig was able to gain 2 minutes and 16 seconds by the second turning mark, the gybe, going on to win by 5 minutes and 26 seconds.

Valentine’s Day sees bright sunshine and light winds this morning around the Marina Real Juan Carlos 1, the beating heart of the 33rd America’s Cup.The forecast looks fairly promising for Race 2 which is due to start around midday, although the race committee do plan to wait until the forecasted SE’ly breeze arrives and won’t be hurried. In many respects it is a similar situation to Friday Race 1 where the offshore breeze is due to give way a breeze from the southerly quadrant.

Alinghi 5 docked out first with Swiss timing at 0900hrs to their signature Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Can’t Stop’. If this proves to be their last day as America’s Cup holders, team president Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) wore a huge smile and looked relaxed as he stepped on board. They have the advantage of entry with right of way on starboard tack today and may try for revenge in the start box, and aim to pin a penalty of USA.

BMW ORACLE Racing’s USA crew looked equally relaxed and focussed. They left their base knowing they can make sailing history today. The triangle course is more of a challenge in terms of manoeuvres, boat handling and sailing on the tight reaches. But, once more we are heading into unknown territory. Some say Alinghi will be stronger around the reaching course, but others simply point to the extra righting moment of USA and the power to drag ratio of their wing weapon.

It could be a red letter day for Russell Coutts (NZL) the CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. In 1995 he skippered Black Magic to win the America’s Cup for New Zealand 5-0 against Dennis Conner’s Young America Team and in 1993 he skippered Alinghi to win the America’s Cup 5-0 for Switzerland. In

Race officer Harold Bennett (NZL) said this morning:
“ We are going out for looking to midday but I am not sure we will see the breeze by then, and we have to wait for this offshore breeze to die away and for the wind to turn into the SE, it is going to be in that quadrant, southerly or SE. So we have to wait and see until it develops.”

Provisional Deltas Race 2: Start Mark 1 Mark 2 FinalAlinghi BMW ORACLE Racing 0:24 0:28 2:44 5:26

Race 2 official crews line up:
BMW ORACLE Racing Team Brad Webb (NZL), BowmanSimone de Mari (ITA), PitmanRoss Halcrow (NZL), Jib TrimmerDirk de Ridder (NED), Wing Sail TrimmerJoey Newton (AUS), Wing Sail CaddyJohn Kostecki (USA),TacticianJames Spithill (AUS),Skipper/HelmsmanMatteo Plazzi (ITA),NavigatorThierry Fouchier (FRA), Aft PitMatthew Mason (NZL), Mast

Alinghi 5 Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (NED),Bow 1Curtis Blewett (CAN),Bow 2Jan Dekker (RSA/FRA),Bow 3Rodney Ardern (NZL),PitmanSimon Daubney (NZL),Trimmer upwindNils Frei (SUI),Trimmer downwindWarwick Fleury (NZL),Mainsail trimmerPierre-Yves Jorand (SUI),TravellerErnesto Bertarelli (SUI),HelmsmanBrad Butterworth (NZL),TacticianMurray Jones (NZL),StrategistJuan Vila (ESP),NavigatorLoïck Peyron (FRA),FloaterPeter Evans (NZL), Pre-start

BMW ORACLE Racing: Race 2

Valencia, Spain (February 14, 2010) – BMW ORACLE Racing, the American challenger, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, won the 33rd America’s Cup Match on Sunday in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory. This was an historic race for the oldest trophy in international sport, featuring two of the most innovative boats on the planet. BMW ORACLE Racing’s trimaran, USA, powered by the largest wing sail ever built, proved to be the faster of the two multihulls, overpowering Alinghi’s catamaran in both races.

Today marks the culmination of the San Francisco team’s 10-year quest for the America’s Cup, sailing’s pinnacle event. Founded by Larry Ellison (USA), the team is led by CEO Russell Coutts (NZL), now a four time Cup winner, and James Spithill (AUS), the skipper and helmsman of USA. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said Spithill. “The amount of work the whole team has put into this boat and now to go two races without any issues – you just have to hand it to the shore guys, the boatbuilders and all of the support team and designers. They gave us an awesome tool.” “It’s absolutely an awesome feeling,” added Larry Ellison. “I’m really proud to be part of this team. I couldn’t be more proud.”

After a long postponement on Sunday afternoon, racing started at 16:25 in 7-8 knots of wind.
There was an unusual start to the race, with Alinghi entering the start box very late. In fact, they were on the wrong side of the start box at the 5-minute gun, forcing the Umpires to assess a penalty. BMW ORACLE Racing started with more speed, but Alinghi held held the right hand side of the race course and prospered early when the wind shifted to the right. At one point, the advantage line was as big as 600-meters to the Swiss. But before the top mark, the BMW ORACLE Racing crew made a perfect layline call. After tacking on the line to the mark, BMW ORACLE Racing saw Alinghi cross ahead, but cede the inside position at the mark to USA, and that was all the advantage the challenger would need to lead around the mark by 28 seconds. From then onwards, the powerful USA boat extended its lead, to cross the finishing line ahead by 5.26.

“It was an awesome race. It was touch and go,” Spithill said. “We didn’t see that shift going as far right as it did and that made it pretty exciting early on.” At one point, Alinghi was flying a red protest flag, but the team quickly confirmed after finishing there would be no protest. With the win, BMW ORACLE Racing becomes the first U.S. challenger to win the Match since Dennis Conner hoisted the Cup with his Stars & Stripes team in Fremantle, Australia in 1987. Today also marks the first win for an American team since 1992 when Bill Koch’s America 3 successfully defended the Cup in San Diego.

BMW ORACLE Racing crew list for Race Two of the 33rd America’s Cup:
Brad Webb (NZL) – Bowman - 1st America’s Cup win
Simone de Mari (ITA) – Pitman – 1st America’s Cup win
Ross Halcrow (NZL) - Jib Trimmer – 2nd America’s Cup win (1995, 2010)
Dirk de Ridder (NED) - Wing Sail Trimmer – 1st America’s Cup win
Joey Newton (AUS) - Wing Sail Caddy – 1st America’s Cup win
John Kostecki (USA) – Tactician – 1st America’s Cup win
James Spithill (AUS) - Skipper/Helmsman – 1st America’s Cup win
Matteo Plazzi (ITA) – Navigator – 1st America’s Cup win
Thierry Fouchier (FRA) - Aft Pit – 1st America’s Cup win
Matthew Mason (NZL) – Mast – 3rd America’s Cup win (1995, 2000, 2010)
Larry Ellison (USA) – Afterguard – 1st America’s Cup win

Reaction from the sailors on USA, along with coverage of the prizegiving ceremony, will follow after the boat returns to port.

No protest?

Alinghi will not protest, BMW Oracle wins the 33rd America's Cup. Reports are coming in that Alinghi will not protest now.

The teams head into Valencia in the darkness.

After Alinghi seemed to have dominated that race, BMW Oracle´s layline call on the first mark was perfect and allowed them to escape off ahead down the first reach - and escape she did.

The last and first legs looked a closer affair, but the second leg really was just one sided.

News on when the conferences and parties will be held later.

Highlights Race 1

Whilst we wait on conferences for Race 2 and protest news - here are the highlights from Race 1.

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Race 2: live updates

1838 Alinghi 5 crosses the line after unloading her penalty 5, 26 behind. Will she protest? Is it all over. More on this later.

1832 USA crosses the finish line and this is the first time a Challenger has won a Deed of Gift Match. Alinghi looking good but just not enough now as she looked like she might cross there. PROTEST PENDING - which seems fitting for this cup!

1828 Lead more than halfed all of a sudden and USA in a hole! They still need to gybe again.

1823 Alinghi just still seem to be a couple of knots slower as the wind is fading. Alinghi dumping ballast. Protest flag still out - guesses still on what it is for. Both heading on the same course to the finish.

1818 USA now flying the bigger gennaker as she is on the layline with approx 4.5nm to the finish and a lead of just over 2 km! Alinghi 5 a lot lower probably just trying something hoping.

1808 Both yachts flying straight at the finish. Ernesto seems to be steering again. Impressive canting of USA mast to windward also. 2000m lead coming down slightly, but with only 8nm to go it looks very gloomy for Alinghi.

1757 Alinghi 5 round MK2 with a deficit of with their protest flag flying. 2:44 behind as USA is gone - smoother and faster. Quoted as being 12% slower on the first reach - that is quite a difference in performance.

1753 USA approaching MK2. she continues to be straight and fast and prepare for the gennaker hoist. Real balancing act for foredeck crew. USA rounds MK2.

1745 USA lead now just reeling - this Cup is over if she holds together. Alinghi losing even though she is doing 28 knots! Good commentary on how much more Alinghi needs to steer, with USA going straight at the target - just fast. The point from Cam Lewis that the wing has a shorter chord than the soft sail so is also offering up less drag to the wing.

1740 Alinghi working hard, but the wing is disappearing looking like a motorboat above.

1735 USA up 700m lead - she is really flying and just that bit faster. consistently a couple of knots faster. now lead almost 900m!!

1732 USA with the wing flaps very open. Alinghi all ballasted up and much flatter in the water. still a long way to go.

1730 USA a bit faster as she tops 30 knots now - she is slightly faster as lead is up to 420m

1726 only a few boatlengths in it as speeds reach almost 30 knots

1725 USA round ahead with a lead of 28 secs at MK1 after Alinghi has lead almost the whole first leg.

1721 USA look like they can lay MK1 - she may have the lead. this is very close. Alinghi on the windward hip. alinghi coming back again

1720 Alinghi crosses in front and holds a little until tacking. has USA gone past?

1717 approaching the cross - Alinghi looks to be ahead but not by much. the gap is coming down all the time and fast!!

1714 Piet on Alinghi is hoisting something on Alinghi. still no news on the protest flag. USA tacks

1712 Andy Green asking how much distance covered in 2.5 mins. the current speed would mean about .8 miles (approx) - that is how much lead they think Alinghi need to unload the penalty.

1711 Alinghi opens her protest flag! what is she claiming?

1710 Both still on starboard heading to the layline - lead a little less due to the left hand shift. 350m now. Alinghi holding her ground today - she is keeping the speed on today.

1705 looks like wind might b going round to the left favouring USA a little now. heading out to the port layline - about 4 or 5 mins away.

1700 Alinghi still holding that lead. she looks to be moving bette through the water and has the windward hull flying nicely!! good movement through the waves. lead almost up to 550m now!

1656 lead coming down. still approx 25 mins to top mark

1654 lead up to 500m!

1652 Alinghi now with a lead of 300m. the shift and breeze is really favouring the right. the gain might be bigger than virtual eye shows.

1648 Alinghi looking much better - really well heeled. she looks like a different yacht and so far has made the better calls up the first beat

1645 Alinghi with small lead up to weather as both sail on starboard. breeze building slightly. Alinghi on inside of the shift - looks like they are making gains.

1640 Loick Peyron on Alinghi wheel. cross looks close - Alinhgi might have this lead, USA tacks

1637 looks like the last shift is favouring USA. USA seem to be making small gains. Andy Green saying how gusty it is and USA able to trim quicker to accelerate better. Alingi tacks!

1633 USA following Alinghi to the right on port - looks close. Alinghi looking better but good enough?

USA seems to have better pressure. Alinghi looks like they might have a good shoft. we will find out soon.

yachts have split up the beat and Alinghi looking better now up to speed - who is going the right way

USA hit pin end perfectly and Alinghi tacked onto port and crosses line late

1 min to go - Alinghi between USA and start line

1620 Alinghi very late to enter start box - safe or mistake? Alinghi has a penalty for being in box early.

1619 6 mins to go - 1 min until they enter

1618 Alinghi entering on starboard. Ian Burns ready to go in the water with the equipment.

1615 AP down - course at 100 deg. Crew getting ready to jump off USA. Breeze looks good at about 8 knots and straight. 10 mins!

1555 95° - 100° : 4,5 - 6 knots on the whole race course area. however other reports state that the wind may be too shifty at the top mark. not much more we can wait now!

1550 Committee Boat coordinates : 39.32.5103 N / 00.10.5378 W M1: 39.30.9890 N / 0.07.9840 E M2 39.21.0936 N / 00.03.5210 W

1545 Mark 1 is moving. New coordinates 39.30.9890 N / 0.07.9840 E

1525 The waiting continues now that the start area has been cleared. We must be close. Harold called in right on Friday and he waited until he was 100% happy with the wind. There is a lot at stake on this race, so you don´t want to get it wrong!

1515 Wind 150deg 5knots @ start; 185deg 3 knots @M1 ; 190deg 4 knots @M2. Is that god enough? Remember that we can´t have windshifts of more than 30 degrees and the marks cannot be moved once set.

1450 Wind is light but reported to be stable over the entire course - supposed Alinghi conditions?

1435 Images of Mascalzone Latino out sailing. Reports have some of the Latin Rascals aboard Larry´s little motorboat to sign as the Challenger of Record should USA win today´s race. Watch this space. Checck out the Italian newspapers! More on Mascalzone´s support of GGYC (BMW Oracle) in this link.

14340 Harold Bennet is now clearing the starting area and spectator craft need to leave the area

14340 Harold Bennet says he can wait until as late as 1630 CET for a start!

1410 AP is still up but wind up to 5 knots at 110 deg. wind still not stable.

1340 Still waiting - the AP is still up!

USA Race 2 dock out

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Speed differences

USA won race 1 by more than 15 mins! Seems like a lifetime and the images also seemed to show that the distance between the two yachts was huge.

To try and put theses differences into perspective, one has to comprehend the speeds these yachts are capable of. The speed averages for Race 1 were:

Race 1 and 3 is a total of 40 nautical miles up and down, but probably more like 50nm sailed. Race 2 which is a triangular course of 39nm in straight lines, adds up to more or less the same total sailed.

1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour

(at 20 knots boatspeed a yacht will cover 1 nautical mile in 3 mins )

Now if you look at the small overall difference in boatspeed for race 1, this equates to approximately 12.4 mins difference to complete the 50nm course! See the table below.

So you can see that for a 3 knot difference in speed the yacht would take almost 20 minutes longer to complete the course.

Imagine if you are sailing in your little yacht on the weekend - what speed would you be doing.? 8 knots? If so, you would be about 2.7 times slower than USA! This would mean you would take approximately 360mins to complete the course!!

Alinghi weather

Two of Alinghi's microlite weather planes take off to measure the wind strength.
Windspeeds are far different at the top of Alinghi 5's 17-storey mast than on the water.

Source: Alinghi Much has been written about the wind conditions off Valencia for the 33rd America’s Cup Match. That was inevitable with two days postponed due to conditions deemed too light or too rough by the race committee. But watching the umpires and chase boats trying to keep up with the race boats at full throttle yesterday, one can easily understand a postponement in “rough” seas.

Alinghi’s weather team consists of six people, Jon Bilger, Jack Katzfey, Arnaud Monges, Greg Balle, Barry Heathwaite and Samuel Llana. Bilger is the weather team manager, Katzfey the head meteorologist and in charge of numerical modelling and Morges, a meteorologist, is in charge of special projects and the land-based weather stations.

Balle, a man of many talents, is a systems engineer for the weather team and weather boat controller, Heathwaite is in charge of electronics installation, land station design, and Llana manages the weather boat maintenance.

The team has found themselves playing catch up since arriving in Valencia in early January.

“We put this operation together quickly because we had originally set up for sailing in Ras Al Khaimah,” said Bilger. “This isn’t a good time of year to have the America’s Cup in the Northern Hemisphere. Of our practice days in Valencia only 50 percent have had good wind and waves.”

Aside from the obvious reason of knowing which side of the course to favour, accurate forecasts are critical to the team. Alinghi 5 is so efficient – it has an upwind VMG greater than the wind speed – that at 20k boatspeed to covers 1nm in approximately 3 minutes. So a 1 knot increase of wind speed can be equal to 20 degrees of shift.

To search for that data Alinghi scours the race area every day with nine weather boats. That many are needed with an area covering 400sqnm, more than 44 times the size of the race area for the 32nd Cup, which was just 9sqnm.

“In addition to the boats we rely on weather stations along the coast and as far out as Ibiza,” said Bilger. “There are two weather buoys at 3nm and 24nm offshore to measure wave height, and we also have two micro-light planes.”

The micro-lights are a unique aspect of this campaign. Flown by professional pilots, Bilger says the two planes are a cost-effective alternative to the weather boats, which are limited to gathering data at a height of 3m. That’s of limited use with a mast towering 17 storeys above the water.

“The micro-lights measure the wind strength flying at 40 knots at a height of 60m,” Bilger said. “We’ve found they’re accurate to within .2 knots.”

It’s always easy to tell when the weather team is at the base. The light from their windows illuminates the sidewalk below. On a race day they’re among the first to arrive at the base to begin gathering data. They develop a forecast and brief the sailing team as early as 06:15 for the scheduled 10:06 start.

After the boat docks-out at 06:45, they’re in touch with the sailors via Iridium satellite phone, because they’re usually too far offshore for cell phones to work. The team helps with sail calls about 1.5 hours before the start, and with one hour to go provides an updated forecast with opinions on which side of the course is favoured. Communication with the boat is cut off 8 minutes before the start.

Match point?

Challengers BMW ORACLE Racing need just one more race win to land the America’s Cup.

After losing Race 1 on Friday, in the best of three race series, Defender Alinghi are in a must win situation as they approach the second contest, the 39 miles triangle course which is scheduled for Sunday.

Cool, blustery offshore breezes prevailed through Saturday around Valencia’s Marina Real Juan Carlos 1 but they are forecast to give way to a gentler SE’ly wind which might allow an early afternoon race, what may be the final showdown of the 33rd America’s Cup match.

The start to Race 2 has been postponed for two hours to around midday Sunday.

Alinghi, the Swiss team which won in 2003 in Auckland, NZ. and then retained the America’s Cup in these Valencian waters in July 2007, suffered a heavy defeat in Friday’s opening race, when the superior speed and power of the USA’s wing-sailed trimaran was evident in the specific weather conditions.

But, the change to the shorter 13-miles reaching legs of the triangle course, the prospect of lighter breeze and the chance to learn from the mistakes they reported that they made configuring and setting up their catamaran, Alinghi 5, might contribute to a reversal of fortune.

ed Were those straight daggerboards a mistake? The last few outings Alinghi had been using the curved ones. I definately felt she looked as though she wasnt firing on all cylinders (not to take anything away from USA!).

Another Late start

The Race Committee has advised the teams that Sunday's race will not start before noon CET (06:00 EST, 03:00 PST).

That is good news for those in Valencia, as you could still see Alinghi 5 going out tomorrow morning. They are expected off the dock between 0800 and 0900 CET.

More on the wing

BMW ORACLE Racing informally presented key members of their technical team to the media today including Design Director Mike Drummond (NZL). The Kiwi, who is on his eighth America’s Cup and was among the design team of 132 foot KZ1, which lost the 1988 Deed of Gift challenge against the USA’s 60 foot catamaran.

Drummond, who was one of the key drivers in the team’s decision to build the solid wing which has proven a ‘weapon’ admitted that even he was a little surprised at how much the BMW ORACLE Racing trimaran had gained on the downwind leg of Race 1. From Mark 1 to the finish, 20 miles downwind, BMW ORACLE Racing gained around five minutes.

It was great listening to people like Mark Sheffield talk about the details of how all the electronics has been tailor made to suit what the team needed.

More Quotes

Harold Bennett (NZL) Race Director and Principal Race Officer: “ It was good to get the race away (yesterday) and at long last see the two giant multis battle it out. It was great.
On the start entry set up
“ Maybe it could have been modified a little different but it won’t be any different tomorrow because what we start with is what we’ll finish with. But not having had these boats before you don’t really know what the best formula would have been to do that. Now we have had one race we have actually had one pre-start with these boats, maybe it could have been a little different, but I am afraid it won’t be any different. So that’s that.
On setting up the triangle course:
“ The triangle course, being only 13 miles to windward, is a little easier. You don’t have to look for the 20 miles of beautiful breeze coming down.”
“But the indicators are at the moment that we are going to see an offshore breeze overnight. It is going to die in the morning and flatten out the seas and eventually come in off the SE, and if that is the case. It will be light 6-8 knots. If that is the case we will be quite close to home here. We might be off Sagunto (12 miles north of Valencia) and so there should be the opportunity to see these boats off the shore. I hope that if the weather comes that way then we will do it that as much as practical.”

Mike Drummond (NZL) design director BMW ORACLE Racing:
“ I was a little surprised at our performance downwind, but not totally surprised. I have to say I was uncertain. I did not know how we would rank against them. I felt quite confident in stronger breezes and less confident in lighter breezes and honestly did not know the boundary between those. Yesterday was a very difficult sailing day with short puffs of wind strength and changes of wind direction. It certainly made sailing the boat quite difficult. The strength was obviously enough for us to gain a lead upwind and we probably got a little lucky downwind from the top mark, and carrying the breeze inshore and that probably exaggerated it somewhat.”
“ Even though we had tried to sort of crudely measure the performance of Alinghi, but we did not know it, and that is why I say there was some uncertainty. We had reasonable confidence we would be faster upwind.”

Rolf Vrolijk (NED) Chief Designer Alinghi (SUI)

"I think if we get conditions we would like to have, we probably can be competitive. We're for sure hoping to see another race maybe in different conditions and anther setup of our boat and hopefully be competitive."

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