Sunday, June 1, 2008

USA-17 will make debut in Marseille

Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget
[Source Medcup] The last new boat of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit, the Reichel/Pugh-designed USA-17, will make its debut in Marseille this week.
No team in the world of professional sailing has more on at the moment thanthe BMW Oracle Racing Team. Catamaran training and developing for the Deed of Gift 33rd America's Cup Cup Challenge may be the top priority, but the sailing team have been competing actively on the RC 44 Circuit as well as preparing their brand new Reichel/Pugh-designed TP52, USA-17, a sistership to Artemis.

The new boat was not ready for the Alicante leg of the Audi MedCup Circuit, so rather than rush and compromise finishing the boat, the team have consolidated and the boat was launched for the first time, in Valencia, just ten days ago. The sailing team have managed just two or three days tuning and testing before the majority headed to Austria to compete in an RC44 event that finishes today. USA-17 arrived was delivered to Marseille on Saturday and the team will arrive late on Sunday, the day before the practice race. Read full story