Monday, April 06, 2009

BMW Oracle starts training in Valencia with Groupama and Gitana Team on their Extreme 40's

Unless Alinghi and BMW Oracle reach an agreement towards the celebration of a multi-challenger conventional America's Cup, one could say that the starting gun of the 33rd America's Cup was fired early this afternoon in Valencia.

Obviously, the Challenger of Record have been training since many months on their monster 90ft trimaran but there was always a possibility, no matter how small, that the giant multihull could become obsolete and useless, in case of a negative outcome in the court case, and turn it into what could be the most expensive and high-tech hospitality yacht.

As we previewed during last week, BMW Oracle started earlier today their training on the Extreme 40 yachts, together with the French teams Groupama and Team Gitana. The Americans are using two yachts, one helmed by James Spithill, and a second one helmed by Austrian skipper Roman Hagara.

Although the morning started with Valencia covered by a dense fog and there was hardly any breeze at all, the gods of wind turned on the fan at 1pm and the 4 catamarans, at least from what we could initially observe, were able to train under sunshine and light, yet decent, winds.

The Extreme 40 flotilla docked in the BMW Oracle base. Valencia, 6 April 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The two BMW Oracle Extreme yachts on their way to training. Valencia, 6 April 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The two BMW Oracle Extreme 40 yachts on their way to training pass in front of the Alinghi base. Valencia, 6 April 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The two BMW Oracle Extreme 40 yachts on their way to training. Valencia, 6 April 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

After the Americans docked out it was the turn of the French. Valencia, 6 April 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Gitana Team Extreme 40 yacht on her way to training passes in front of the Alinghi base. Valencia, 6 April 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Groupama Extreme 40 yacht on her way to training. Valencia, 6 April 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Groupama Extreme 40 yacht on her way to training. Valencia, 6 April 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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6 Comments:

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And to think that Alinghi was going to organize an event (America's/Alinghi's Cup, as you wish to call it) where they could control the referees, teams, everything, so they (Alinghi) could end up being champions again.

Thank God there's people with balls that avoid that circus/show.

Now let's hope that GGYC and BMW ORACLE are smart enough to know how to use the advantage they earn in the NYSC......for the sake of the America's Cup (and everybody that makes a living on it).

BYE
Cristian

 
At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they training for an iShares regatta or a Deed of Gift AC match race ?

 
At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Norberto said...

BOR will have to do a lot of training, they haven't won one thing yet! Not one race! Not one regatta!

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Norberto said...

my dear impostor, don't you get tired of repeating yourself so much?

 
At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Norberto the imposter said...

Norberto, my friend, I have to repeat myself, until you start seeing the light! Until finally the real Norberto will admit that he had made a big mistake.

Until the real Norberto will step forward and admit that the Swiss are the better team (well, maybe not in court? ..... :)

 
At 12:49 AM, Blogger Norberto said...

dream of it.

 

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