BMW ORACLE Racing set to face America's Cup winner Team Alinghi

BMW ORACLE Racing are ready to face America’s Cup winner Team Alinghi for the UBS Trophy from June 19-26 June 2004 in the historic waters of Newport, Rhode Island.

In September of 2003, BMW ORACLE Racing defeated the Swiss team at the Moët Cup, an event organized by the Challenger of Record in their homeport of San Francisco. Team Alinghi has organized the return engagement, the UBS Trophy. With a race course set in the East Passage of Newport’s Narragansett Bay.

For the BMW ORACLE Racing team, the UBS Trophy is the first significant opportunity to see where they stand this season and also will be the first competition where the team will sail with a new name and new look.

CEO and skipper Chris Dickson says; “BMW ORACLE Racing is looking forward to the UBS Trophy in Newport. In the past, our races against Alinghi have always been very close. This is the best way for our race crew to keep improving. Win or lose in Newport, we know Alinghi will push us hard and that will improve our game and contribute toward our long-term goal of winning the America’s Cup in 2007.”

Joining Dickson on the race crew in Newport will be New Zealand-born helmsman Gavin Brady, American tactician John Kostecki, Larry Ellison and Steve Hayles in the afterguard, as well as among others, Brad Webb, Robbie Naismith, Craig Monk, and Ross Halcrow.

Besides the series for the professionals, consisting of twelve match races, Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison will be at the helm for the Owner Driver series. Four races will be contested to determine the UBS Trophy champion among the owners.