Tuesday, November 03, 2009

BOR 90 dismasted

The 33rd America's Cup challenger, BMW Oracle Racing, took one on the chin today when the rig on their 90-foot trimaran dropped while they were going upwind in approximately 9 knots. This all took place about 9 miles south of the Coronado Islands at about 12:30pm while training from their San Diego base. No injuries occurred, and the cause of the failure is still under investigation.

Updates being posted on team blog. Click here for additional photos.



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13 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Alexander said...

that is a very expensive mess!!

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not the expense as they have a replacement rig, but hopefully the stucture of the boat is in good shape. Otherwise it will be a huge setback in developement time.

 
At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IN NINE KNOTS???

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOOUUUUCCCCHHHHHHH !!!!!!

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Capt Marty said...

Now for the new rig & wing mast?

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger David Redfern said...

Ironic the previous story was headed "New and Improved"!

 
At 4:12 AM, Blogger matthias said...

That dangerous...
Maybe they`ll have to reconsider RAK or do they really want to go sailing in 15 Kts in Valencia in February?
They might have to go upwind....

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Peter said...

Why aren’t the using their motor?

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Scuttleblog said...

Meteorologist Chris Bedford provided a weather report on Valencia in February, where he states that “An America’s Cup held off Valencia during the month of February will take place in conditions much more variable generally lighter than those experienced during the Challenger Series (which began Apr. 16) and the America’s Cup match (held June 24-July 3) in 2007.” -- http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/09/0518b/

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger edwardt said...

I agree with Peter that this is a great opportunity to test the new mast-less configuration. Just have the engineers re-route the drive shaft from the winches to the propellor: Problem solved!

 
At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in San Diego, left Sunday. They were obviously having problems with the mast days before. I can send pictures if I knew how.
Frans Zantvoort

 
At 10:33 AM, Anonymous matt said...

live video of the bor 90 now http://www.fox5sandiego.com/kswb-ls-breaking-news,0,1004613.tividlivestream

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry obviously loves courts more than sailing. So what's the problem?

 

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