Meanwhile in San Diego... BMW Oracle receive new mast
A new mast arrived in the BMW Oracle compound, according to our friend on the spot Goli. He took a couple of photos on Saturday morning where the new mast can be seen, lying next to the older ones. We don't know when the mast exactly arrived in the compound.
According to Goli, BMW Oracle will host some kind of event in the San Diego Yacht club, on August 10th, not open to the general public. One doesn't have to be a genius to guess it will be related to the yacht the Americans are building for the 33rd America's Cup. One shouldn't forget that Alinghi will reveal the venue of the race, hopefully Valencia, two or three days before that.
According to unverified reports in the Swiss media, BMW Oracle is suffering from "a loss of confidence after the setbacks recorded with their giant multihull "Godzilla", which had to be seriously reviewed and corrected after several months of inconclusive tests." In less than 6 weeks we will know whether this is true or simple intoxication by the Swiss in favor of their team.
The BMW Oracle compound with the new mast on the right side. San Diego, 27 June 2009. Photo copyright Golix
The BMW Oracle compound approximately 3 months ago. When compared to the photo above it is clear the area on the right side was later expanded to accommodate the new mast. San Diego, 2 April 2009. Photo copyright Golix
Closeup of the mast, the new one being on the right. San Diego, 27 June 2009. Photo copyright Golix