BMW Oracle's BOR 90 sets sail again
[Source: BMW Oracle] The BMW ORACLE Racing team took to the water on Thursday to resume testing ahead of the 33rd America's Cup.
The BOR 90 was at sea for nearly six hours in its first testing session since undergoing significant modifications. Now equipped with an engine to drive the on board hydraulic systems, the boat sails with less crew than before, as the grinders who previously provided the horsepower on the boat stay ashore.
This first sailing session was primarily an extension of the shoreside tests that have been ongoing since the boat returned to the water on Sunday evening. Various sails were raised and lowered and all on board systems were checked.
BMW Oracle's BOR 90 sets sail again. San Diego, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle
The final hour on the water saw a the team begin to stretch their legs with a long beat up the coast to Point Loma in generally light conditions although a long, rolling Pacific swell was left over from windy conditions on Wednesday.
"It was a good day," said helmsman Jimmy Spithill. "We ticked some things off the checklist and made some good progress. It's great for the team to be sailing again. It's such an awesome boat to sail that I just can't wait to get out there again tomorrow."
On the water testing continues on Friday.