Tuesday, October 7, 2008

BOR 90 starts San Diego testing session today.

BMW ORACLE Racing starts the San Diego testing session for the new trimaran today. The Pacific Ocean session will go through the end of November.

French multihull expert Franck Cammas and team helmsman James Spithill (AUS) are the primary test pilots as the team continues to work up the high-tech multihull.

“We are still in the ‘sea-trials’ phase, still testing and evaluating the boat and considering what modifications might be necessary,” said Spithill. “This boat will take some time to discover the potential.”

The team completed the first phase of the trimaran’s sea trials in Anacortes on September 12. The warmer climate of Southern California will allow the team the opportunity to test the boat longer.

BMW ORACLE Racing is operating from a temporary base in downtown San Diego, at the site of Dennis Conner’s former team compound when the America’s Cup was in San Diego.