Sunday, February 14, 2010

BMW Oracle wins the 33rd America's Cup

[Source: BMW Oracle] BMW ORACLE Racing, the American challenger, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, won the 33rd America’s Cup Match on Sunday in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory.

This was an historic race for the oldest trophy in international sport, featuring two of the most innovative boats on the planet. BMW ORACLE Racing’s trimaran, USA, powered by the largest wing sail ever built, proved to be the faster of the two multihulls, overpowering Alinghi’s catamaran in both races.

Today marks the culmination of the San Francisco team’s 10-year quest for the America’s Cup, sailing’s pinnacle event. Founded by Larry Ellison (USA), the team is led by CEO Russell Coutts (NZL), now a four time Cup winner, and James Spithill (AUS), the skipper and helmsman of USA.

"It’s an amazing feeling," said Spithill. "The amount of work the whole team has put into this boat and now to go two races without any issues – you just have to hand it to the shore guys, the boatbuilders and all of the support team and designers. They gave us an awesome tool."

"It’s absolutely an awesome feeling," added Larry Ellison. "I’m really proud to be part of this team. I couldn’t be more proud."

After a long postponement on Sunday afternoon, racing started at 16:25 in 7-8 knots of wind.

There was an unusual start to the race, with Alinghi entering the start box very late. In fact, they were on the wrong side of the start box at the 5-minute gun, forcing the Umpires to assess a penalty.

BMW ORACLE Racing started with more speed, but Alinghi held held the right hand side of the race course and prospered early when the wind shifted to the right. At one point, the advantage line was as big as 600-meters to the Swiss.

But before the top mark, the BMW ORACLE Racing crew made a perfect layline call. After tacking on the line to the mark, BMW ORACLE Racing saw Alinghi cross ahead, but cede the inside position at the mark to USA, and that was all the advantage the challenger would need to lead around the mark by 28 seconds. From then onwards, the powerful USA boat extended its lead, to cross the finishing line ahead by 5.26.

"It was an awesome race. It was touch and go," Spithill said. "We didn’t see that shift going as far right as it did and that made it pretty exciting early on."

At one point, Alinghi was flying a red protest flag, but the team quickly confirmed after finishing there would be no protest.

With the win, BMW ORACLE Racing becomes the first U.S. challenger to win the Match since Dennis Conner hoisted the Cup with his Stars & Stripes team in Fremantle, Australia in 1987. Today also marks the first win for an American team since 1992 when Bill Koch’s America3 successfully defended the Cup in San Diego.

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At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats from a real alinghi fan! just impressiv! well done!

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Jose de Valencia said...

Pierre, gracias por tu trabajo en este blog ya que nos has mantenido informados desde el primer mes de la Copa aqui en Valencia.
Vamos a ver que nos depara esta nueva singladura.
Un saludo
Jose de Valencia

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done to both teams & many thanks to Pierre

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Me Myself said...

Really sour grapes from EB. Hey the USA Team BMW/Oracle beat you not in the American Courts but on the water. You really came off bad in the press conference and some of Brad's facial expressions seem to wonder just where EB was coming from. and it's not Europe verses America in the courts it was what was right vs your opinon of the DOG
The Cup is in better hands and will be a fair 34th Cup with input from all teams. Thank you Larry we all Americans are proud of You and OUR TEAM BMW/ORACLE please acts everywhere but the Cup race in the USA. thanks again and again Larry. Jim Barnett for the 2nd oldest yacht club in America the Mobile Yacht Club, Mobile Alabama

At 10:18 PM, Blogger AL ing. HI said...

congrats to BOR, high tech desinged trimaran...

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Hey EB STFU! Smart money says Butters quits!

Did you see Butter's facial expressions, I'm sure he was the one who had to talk EB out of the protest.

Great job BOR!

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure the Cup is in better hands, but happy it left EB's one. Intentions of LE look fair, but can we trust him ? We will see ...
Anyway, thank's to both team for the great show on the water and also to Pierre for providing the best source of information about AC since what ... 2005 ?! Pierre, are you moving to SF ? ;-)

At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to get ugly further as it's out now the SNG refused the PRO to start race 2. They went on strike & interviews out there suggest that HB put it in his race report to ISAF

Really sad for the AC & sport :(

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Norby said...

more fuel for the bofd suit, imho.


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