Wednesday, April 9, 2008

60ft Trimaran Match Racing

BMW ORACLE Racing Race Training in Lorient.
Today began the second week of training from Lorient, on France’s Brittany coast, on board the 60-foot multihull Groupama 2. The team is match racing against the 60-foot trimaran, Banque Populaire, as part of the preparations for the 33rd America’s Cup to be raced in multihulls.

Today in brisk late spring temperatures and brilliant sunshine, the 60-foot multihulls match raced in a 6-10 knot southerly sea breeze. Groupama 2 skipper Franck Cammas, who is working as a consultant to the U.S. America’s Cup challenger, was at the helm today with John Kostecki calling tactics.

“We are learning so much sailing with Franck and his team on these boats,” Kostecki said. “These boats are so fast that the apparent wind is much further forward. The boats accelerate so quickly even in fairly light breeze like we had today. It’s a new challenge, especially when match racing. But we’re having a lot of fun with it too.” -