Monday, January 04, 2010

Alinghi and BMW Oracle ready to unload their giant multihulls

It has been a historic, albeit very wet day, in Valencia. The world's two most advanced giant multihulls were inside Valencia's commercial port onboard their respective cargo ship, just a few hundred meters apart, BMW Oracle's just in front of their temporary base while Alinghi's was at the opposite pier.

We visited the port at 6pm but we were unable to go close to Alinghi 5. For the details and pictures you can read the official press release, where the Defender states that Alinghi 5 will be transported to its base inside Port America's Cup. Without any doubt this will be a great sight.

As far as BOR 90 was concerned, the hull and a couple of containers were still on the cargo ship. I don't know whether the Challenger's shore crew was behind schedule but without any doubt the constant rain that has been falling for the last 18 hours was of no help. It is also very probable that by the time you read this, the team will have sent photos of the giant trimaran on safe ground.

Further north, inside the Port America's Cup it is more than evident that both teams are about to start their preparation towards the match at full pace. Eight of Alinghi's nine weather speedboats are docked in front of the base while at BMW Oracle the two Extreme 40's seem ready for action. I guess it's a matter of days before Jimmy Spithill et al start practicing on them.

Stay tuned for a very interesting series of articles on the details of this America's Cup match, starting Tuesday.

Eight of Alinghi's nine weather speedboats. Valencia, 4 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

BOR 90 ready to be unloaded. Valencia, 4 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The two Extreme 40's are ready for action. Valencia, 4 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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9 Comments:

At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alinghi is taking time off & unloading tomorrow.

BOR is already off loaded & in their base.

http://bmworacleracingblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/safe-and-sound-on-ground.html

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Ramon said...

Just want to say good luck Alinghi guys i'm behind you all the way. Keep the cup in europe and win it in style!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Renaud said...

Still waiting to see if BOR will be wearing The WING or with a conventional mast as they still looking for more time and trying to delay the match.

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

Will they even deer to sail out the port ?

 
At 12:20 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Go BMW Oracle. I backed Alinghi last time when we (America) were out of it. Now its time to give it our best shot and bring the cup home.

 
At 12:22 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Go BMW Oracle We are behind you all the way. You have put together a wonderous machine and crew. Now its time to bring the cup home where it belongs

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger Jim said...

GO BMW Oracle! Lets bring the cup home where it belongs. The country is behind you all the way.

 
At 11:18 AM, Anonymous JamieF said...

@ 4:11 PM
Certainly not - the deer is in the woods

 
At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tendremos que recordarle al Sr. Ramon, que Rash al Khaimah, no está en Europa. Si gana Bertarelli, se irá alli para la 34, y si pierde a lo mejor hay una opción para el jego limpio

 

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