Thursday, January 29, 2009

Action shots from down under: LVPS

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America’s Cup teams swing back into action.
For the first time since June 2007, BMW ORACLE Racing takes to the water in America’s Cup Class yachts again to compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland, New Zealand.
Racing takes place over two weeks, starting on Friday, January 30 and will see 10 teams from nine nations gather to compete for a special trophy newly minted for this event.

BMW ORACLE Racing has a bye on the opening day, but will compete in one of the highly anticipated matches against Emirates Team New Zealand on Saturday.

For BMW ORACLE Racing skipper, Russell Coutts, the gap between racing this class of yachts has been even longer. March 2003 also in Auckland was the last time he raced in the America’s Cup, notching up an unprecedented record of being undefeated in 14 straight America’s Cup matches.

“It hopefully won’t take too long to get back into it again,” said Coutts. - Read more