Shakedown = hjälm på?

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New boat starts shakedown

Anacortes, WA, USA, September 1, 2008- One week after being launched, BMW ORACLE Racing’s new 90-foot multihull yacht hoisted sail here for the first time today and began its shakedown in 6-8 knots of breeze over four hours of testing on the Rosario Strait.

“What a great feeling to get this amazing boat under sail power,” said team CEO and Skipper Russell Coutts. “This boat is incredibly challenging. We will take it conservatively in this testing session as we learn more about the boat and its potential.”

After leaving the dock at 11am, the team first hoisted the 5,000 square foot (500 meters square) mainsail up the 158-foot (48-meter) carbon fiber mast towering above the trimaran. Following the mainsail tests, the team hoisted the staysail and completed some initial tacks. Along with 14 sailing team crew on board today were eight members of the design and build team who continued structural and systems reviews during sailing.

The team partnered with Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) of France to design the innovative trimaran. One of the most successful skippers in multihull racing, Franck Cammas, has also consulted to the team and is the boat’s helmsman for the Anacortes shakedown.

Led by Mark Turner and Tim Smyth, the BMW ORACLE Racing construction team built the carbon composite boat over a nine month period. With engineers on the team, BMW provides its unique technological competence in intelligent lightweight design, and specialist expertise in finite element analysis and EfficientDynamics technology.

The new yacht is a key element of the team’s preparation for the next America’s Cup, representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), on which a ruling is expected from the New York State Court of Appeals in the next six months.

The initial on-the-water testing session will continue in Anacortes until the middle of September.

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8 Comments

  1. Magnus H Sep 2, 2008 Reply

    ..och inte bara det utan även flytväst!!

    När såg man Russel på “storbåt” i flytväst senast..??

    /m

    ps. detta är absolut ingen kritik utan bara att konstaterande att proffsen som brukar slarva verkar ta detta på allvar. (gissar att man flyger en bit om man kapsejsar ett åk likt det ovan) ds.

  2. Bolmgren Sep 2, 2008 Reply

    “The swivel, part of the rigging that supports the headsail, dropped to the deck causing some minor damage that is now being repaired”

    Anledning till hjälm?

  3. Henrik Sep 2, 2008 Reply

    Försiktig general som kör revat i så lätt vind, fast de kanske är klokt om man har 500m2 storsegel…

  4. Richard Sep 2, 2008 Reply

    har aldrig sett fånigare hjälmar. dome ser ut som dalkullor.

  5. Johan O Sep 3, 2008 Reply

    Det är aldrig fånigt med flytväst.
    Bara märkligt att inte alla använder en oavsett väder.

  6. jj Sep 3, 2008 Reply

    Det ser ut som Gath hjälmar. De är till för vattensport och vanliga bland surfare och vindsurfare som är rädda om knoppen. Mycket sköna att ha på sig.

  7. Johan Sep 3, 2008 Reply

    Hjälm blir nästa trend.
    Frågan är vilket SM som dra flest hjälmar?

    :)

  8. Jack Sparrow Sep 4, 2008 Reply

    Motorcross SM?

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