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