The BMW Oracle trimaran has returned from testing to conclude another stage of development
After an intense week of sea trials, the BOR 90 has returned from testing to conclude another stage in its development program.
“We’ve had another very productive week of testing,” said helmsman James Spithill. “Every time we go out we’re learning more and more about the potential of the boat, and that’s the goal.” The BOR 90 will be moved into the tent erected at the team base in San Diego and won’t emerge again until October, after more scheduled maintenance and optimisation.
In the meantime, many of the sailing team will have some well-deserved time off, taking advantage of one of the last breaks in the ‘on-the-water’ program before the 33rd America’s Cup Match in February.
“The timing is good,” says sailing team coach Glenn Ashby (AUS), “as the team ends this session on a high. Everyone has a huge amount of confidence in the boat right now, [it’s] being sailed the way you’d sail a smaller boat like a Tornado or Extreme 40. We’re now winding it up and pushing it hard. We’re finding the boat’s limitations, rather than the limits of our fear. So now it’s a matter of continuing the evolution of the development program to just keep making it faster and faster.”
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