Here she is – BMW Oracle’s BOR90, or USA, as she is now called showing her class during recent sea trials off San Diego. This great photo by Gilles Martin-Raget not only shows the great size and strength of the American Challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup, scheduled to start on 8 February 2010 in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, but also the gracefulness and speed of this beautiful vessel.
Fact Sheet – BMW ORACLE Racing 90.
Boat Type: Trimaran of carbon composite construction
Where Built: Core Builders, Anacortes, WA, USA
Hours to build: over 130,000 hours to date
Overall Length: 100-feet/30 meters
Waterline Length: 90-feet/27 meters
Beam: 90-feet/27 meters
Height: Up to 185-feet/55 meters
Where Built: Hall Spars, Bristol, RI, USA; Core Builders, Anacortes, WA, USA
Design and R&D
BMW ORACLE Racing Design Team
Mike Drummond, Director; 30 designers and scientists
Principal Naval Architects: VPLP (Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prévost)
Mainsail: 6800 square feet; (630m2)
Genoa: 6700 square feet; (620m2)
Gennaker: 8400 square feet; (780m2)
• The infield of a professional baseball diamond
• Two basketball courts
BMW ORACLE Racing Sailing Team (20 sailors on BOR 90 testing team)
• Skipper Russell Coutts (NZL)
• Helmsman James Spithill (AUS)
• Tactician John Kostecki (USA)
These amazing statistics come from their website, the link for which is BMW Oracle Racing and you cannot be anything but impressed. In a recent interview team owner Larry Ellison declared:
“We are pushing ourselves to our limit and we’re discovering what the boat can do and what we can do as a team. If we’ve done our job well, we’ll go out and race this boat and win the America’s Cup.”
Bold words perhaps – but as can be seen in the video below from AdonnanteTv the challenger is very serious about taking the Cup home. We are in for a feast of thorougbred sail boat racing in February.
Of course USA is the challenger to Alinghi – about her more another day.