TeamOrigin out in force

Sir Keith Mills' team have taken over Nice...
There is a lot dark blue, light blue and white kicking around Nice at present, with a huge TeamOrigin staff and sailing team in residence. Sir Keith Mills’ British America’s Cup team are using the Louis Vuitton Trophy here as a dry run for whenever it might be that they get fully cranked up for the 34th America’s Cup. Part of the reason is that one of the four V5 boats being used at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice is TeamOrigin’s own GBR75, originally Alinghi’s second boat built for Auckland. Less than a month ago she was clad in bubble wrap and tucked away in a shed in Gosport… “Very late we got a call from the event organisers to see if we could supply boats for the event,” recounts Team Director, Mike Sanderson. “75 was easy – she was in fantastic condition. The guys had done a great job at the end of 2007 to get ready for Acts in 2008. She as literally wrapped and ready to go on a truck. The tricky one was finding a good partner for her. The ideal one was the Oracle boat USA 76 and we were two thirds of the way through putting her together, but unfortunately the bulb for her had been scrapped! So Laurent Esquier had a chat with Stephane Kandler and they offered their boat FRA 93 which has been under our wing. We had guys in the shed giving it as much of a refit as we could in the time that we had – three weeks including getting it here.” And so, as you may gather, the TeamOrigin shore crew led by Shore Operations Director, David Duff, have been given a thorough work out, with 30 working on the two boats 75 and 93 in the build-up