Monday, October 26, 2009

BMW Oracle's BOR90 relaunched

[Source: BMW Oracle] On Sunday afternoon, the BOR 90 returned to its natural habitat as it was lifted by crane from its workspace into the harbour.

It's been nearly five weeks since the trimaran was last on the water as the BMW ORACLE Racing team shifted into modification mode. The work onshore has been intense and required a full commitment from the boatbuilding team, supervised by Mark A. Turner (NZL).

"These last five weeks have seen some very long hours from these guys, as we've had a lot of things to achieve. It's really come together over the last few days so it's big credit to everybody involved," Turner said.

Much of this round of work was necessitated by the Defender issuing a change in the Rules for the 33rd America's Cup that will now allow the use of engines to assist in trimming the sails. The power provided by the engine will replace power normally provided by the human power plants on board sailboats - the grinders. The addition of the engine has thus had a repercussion on the deck plan and layout, as the grinders will no longer be on board.

The newly-modified BOR90 hits the water. San Diego, 25 October 2009. Photo copyright Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle

"There has been a major deck modification and there's the new engine installation to drive the winches with hydraulics, and a series of other changes. So it's been a long list of tasks to be completed in quite a short timeframe," he added.

The BOR 90 will now undergo a series of tests dockside before on the water testing resumes later this week.

For Turner's team, there is no rest on the horizon. Further major developments to the boat are planned in the coming weeks as the team ramps up preparations for the America’s Cup Match in February.

“Big gains are available and they require massive amounts of work from the design, build and shore teams,” Turner continued.

"But we're checking things off the list and sorting everything out one step at a time and moving forward. It's all about the completing each task at hand and moving on to the next one."

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At 1:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can somebody name one rule SNG has "changed" from the 33rd America's Cup rules? Thank God, BOR BS stays in Dago!!

At 4:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares? They will lose. I will laugh. They will sue (AGAIN!!!) We will all cry... This evil cycle will continue until the evil get their way... What a pity!

At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oracle spreading more lies. Is anyone stupid enough to believe their endless drivel.

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous CheeseBurger said...

BOR is accusing Alinghi of cheating in the match that still needs to be raced. Why don't they just compete? If they win and get disqualified, they can sue afterwards.
Finally, what is wrong with obtaining some benefits form hosting the cup. That's the defender's priviledge. BOR even has two sponsors in their name! Is that self-serving?

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Renaud said...

L'insulte ne salit que celui qui la profère ....


At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

Not one of the comments thus far has anything at all to do with the news item above. The BOR boat is in the water again, it will be tested and still modified more. Yet the Anon posters carry on about rule changes, lies, etc. Funny how some might interpret their posts as part of the PR battle, assuming the comments come from Alinghi themselves.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Norby said...

1:07 anon - sure sng hasn't changed any rules "from" the 33rd ac. but they changed many "for" the 33rd.

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doug, I really appreciate your comment. Good analytical thinking!!


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