America’s Cup in simple terms, James Spithill on what it’s like to be at the wheel of BMW Oracle’s mighty multi, plus plenty more

It’s been a busy fortnight for the America’s Cup.  Following a court ruling that the venue cannot be in the Middle East the event now looks like it could happen in Valencia or even Australia. BMW Oracle’s concerns over whether the position of its rudders make the boat illegal were quashed, but the pressure’s now on Alinghi as their boat could now have issues when it comes to measurement. But perhaps most dramatic of all was BMW Oracle’s dismasting earlier this week.

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Having just returned from San Diego where he has been taking a close look at the American giant trimaran shortly before she lost her 200ft mast, Matthew Sheahan talks to Guy Swindells about what’s in store and how the match between these two monster multihulls shape up. In addition, BMW Oracle helmsman James Spithill explains what it’s like to be at the wheel of BMW Oracle’s trimaran and discusses with Matt how match racing could be conducted at a closing speed of 30 knots!

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Also in this week’s podcast, Guy Swindells talks to Frank Camas about his entry for the next Volvo Ocean Race and the commitment from the team to take part in the next two events. Camas also talks about his attempt on the Jules Vernes around the world record.

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