Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Business as usual

The BMW Oracle Racing base showed little urgency today, which might be surprising given that the team broke their mast nearly 24 hours earlier, a sum rumored to be $10 million (see photos).

During my visit mid-morning, the focus of the team was not on the boat, which showed no appearance of obvious damage. Neither was the focus on the mast, which was placed on supports with the broken end available for public viewing.

The two large tents were quiet, though they were undoubtedly full of staff busily preparing the next mast. On the team’s newly launched blog, Peter Rusch notes, “Somewhat surprisingly, it might not be as difficult as it would first appear. This is because we were already scheduled to move ahead with testing of a new rig platform next week (more on that later).”

Here are some photos from today:

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At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Captain Morgan said...

What are we supposed to be seeing in the first picture? The others are great.

At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lunch. Also ... sailor's crack.

At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Captain Morgan said...

That's what I thought, wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything.

At 4:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guys in the first picture seem to be setting up the BBQ (hence the coolers and hotplate), you cant keep an Aussie away from a barbie!

At 5:23 AM, Blogger Scuttleblog said...

The top photo shows prep for a lunch as usual.

At 5:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably the most important details are in the last couple elevated images ... masts #1-2 are not being readied to replace the broken mast #3. Apparently what BMW Oracle has in mind (behind door #2) doesn't require the existing masts. This is going to be good! Thanks for the coverage Sbutt ~ CIbob

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also known as a "San Diego Bike Rack".


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