Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BMW Oracle's BOR 90 starts journey to Valencia

[Source: BMW Oracle] The BMW ORACLE Racing team has departed San Diego for Valencia, Spain, in preparation for February's 33rd America's Cup Match.

The cargo ship Oceanlady left the Port of San Diego early on Tuesday afternoon and turned south. It will pass through the Panama Canal before heading across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Mediterranean Sea. The trip to Valencia will take approximately three weeks, depending on weather.

The cargo on board is unique, with the ship is carrying approximately 200 tonnes of material, including: the BOR 90 trimaran, the main element of the wing sail, four custom made boxes containing the wing flaps, two spare masts, 19 shipping containers, and 10 other boats (RIBs etc.).

"It's certainly been a challenge to get through all of this," said Scott Sandford (NZL), who managed the process for the team, along with Julien Di Biase (SUI).

All of the material was taken to ship from the team base by water, and loaded on board with the ship's crane.

BOR 90 en route to Valencia. San Diego, 15 December 2009. Photo copyright Bob Grieser / BMW Oracle Racing

"Everything was staged on two barges - the chase boats and pushers, and the shipping containers. We pushed the barges over to the ship and they were unloaded by the ship's crane. The trimaran was lifted up with a big floating crane and it rode 'under the hook', suspended in the air, over to the ship. It was the same for the masts and the main wing element," Sandford explained.

Weather proved to be an additional challenge, with wind hampering the first attempt at moving the wing. But overnight Monday night, the wing was transported across in calm conditions and loaded safely onto the Ocean Lady.

With the San Diego base now closed down and packed up, the team will re-assemble in Valencia following a short Christmas break and immediately resume preparations for the Match.

On Tuesday, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court affirmed an earlier decision confirming Valencia as the venue. The first race of the 33rd America’s Cup Match is scheduled for February 8, 2010.

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At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this mean that these four judges are now able to retire and live a life of luxury along with their mate justice Cahn. Who else thinks we might possibly need an international court to over see future AC disputes.

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention Justice Kornreich in your pathetic post

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only 2 spare masts????

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:35 AM - Obviously you know very little about the Trust. It can't be moved out of NYSC.

Oh, I forgot, that NYS & the IRS might have to use the US Supreme court to go far SNG for not paying the Trusts income tax as the AC earnt declareable income.

Basically the Trust is the way it is & if you don't like it go start another even called the Alinghi Cup but you can't use the AC's Cup.

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How funny would it be if we suddenly heard Kornreich retired now.
8:22 am i assume that 1. you are american and therefore 2. you believe the NY court is completely un biased towards a SWISS team (oh yes that UBS tax scam thing) V's super rich, influential, jewish American guy. Hmmmmmmm go figure.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trust is the way it is blaa blaa bla. If the americans really believed in fair play ( yer right) there would be absolutely nothing to stop them appealing to the court of NY to have the AC disputes handed over to an international court. True or not true.

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Rosa said...

Hola, really looking forward to this cool event, hopefully will everything be ok with the cargo of the boat.

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:48 AM Anon
I am actually European and I trust the American judicial system as much (or as little) as I trust the Swiss judicial system. But fact is, that legal issues regarding the AC will be handeled by the NY state court system according their regulations. If EB did not put that fact into his strategic calculations he and his lawyers did a poor job. It is as simple as that.
I find it pathetic to now blame the circumstaces ("super rich, influential, jewish American guy")for Alinghi's legal desaster. Have you ever considered that, perhaps, Alinghi (that is btw. owned by a super rich, influential, Swiss guy) was just simply wrong and the court just confirmed that?
What a poor loser yopu are!

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you shure EB wanted to win in court !

For the LWL measurment, YES for shure but for RAK !!!!

I beleive that what he wanted was only time and sail in Valencia anyway because the Wing is far less dangerous in Valencia than in RAK. Don't think but go to Valencia in February and you'll understand....

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:21 am
So you do, or do not agree that an international court would be fairer?
I think it is clear that there were some decisions handed out by the NYC that would normally have gone the other way. Surely no one can dispute that. If you had been told you could choose any venue you wanted only then to be told actually you cant, would you not think that was maybe a little bias towards your american friends?

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:52 AM anon
"If the americans really believed in fair play ( yer right) there would be absolutely nothing to stop them appealing to the court of NY to have the AC disputes handed over to an international court. True or not true."

And which court would that be?

At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:43 PM anon

"I think it is clear that there were some decisions handed out by the NYC that would normally have gone the other way."

Not to me. Which ones would that be? And what means "normally"???

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 12:01 PM anon

well, RAK didn't buy EB a second of time. Race will be on February 8.

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous JamieF said...

I said it before I'll say it again:

The Emperor is butt naked!

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And so are his fans

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big remaing question: Will EB get his boat and equipment out of RAK in time???
And if so, how much will he have to pay to the sheik???

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alinghi 5 will leave RAK on the 20 of december (a vessel is already booked) and how much EB will have to pay for that .... nobody care, that's not our money

At 8:22 PM, Blogger WetHog said...

So the courts ruled the way they did because Larry Ellison is a rich Jewish guy? Old racial biases alive and well in Europe huh?

And the Cup would be in better hands in an "International Court"? Which one? I think the less than stellar track record of the U.N. shows any "International Court" decision would be a farse.

And us American's are labeled as ignorant Rednecks. Yeah right.

At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An american citizen was speeding in New York City, did not pay attention to his red traffic light and run over 3 swiss citizens on a pedestrian crossing.
The 1st swiss pedestrian crashed through the windscreen and landed inside the car.
The 2nd one was bounced and landed 30 feet away.
The 3rd one was thrown up in the air and landed on a tree.
All 3 were severely injured and tried to sue the driver.
The New York Court set the driver innocent and accused:
The 1st swiss pedestrian of invasion of property.
The 2nd one of escaping from the crime scene.
The 3rd one of flying at low altitude in the urban area.

At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


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At 4:33 PM, Blogger Norby said...

go tell your dull joke to eb and alinghi/sng's legal team, maybe it will make them feel a little bit better after the much deserved spanking they received from the court.


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