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BMW Oracle Racing's solid wing sail tri proves itself a weapon with a day of racing finally in at the 33rd America's Cup
See more images from Carlo Borlenghi and Gilles Martin-Raget More Thierry Martinez images at the bottom of this page... Finally after more than two and a half years of anticipation, the two most futuristic boats in yachting and their two arch-rival team principles came together on their third attempt for the first race of the 33rd America’s Cup. The start drew gasps from those watching. After much talk of safety and in particular a skewing of the start line - that was supposed to allow the port entry boat to cross ahead of the starboard entry - so James Spithill dropped a cog and swooped the BMW Oracle Racing tri past the committee boat at full tilt on one hull as the Alinghi cat, with Ernesto Bertarelli at the helm, seemed to lumber in more tentatively, their crew unexpectedly forced into a dial up. Ernesto Bertarelli was a little late turning up into the wind, the two boats coming to a stand still in a dial up – the manoeuvre the skewed line was solely there to prevent. Unfortunately for the Swiss, they were judged by the umpires to have been too late in their manoeuvre and received a penalty for failing to keep clear of the starboard tack tri. It was a dramatic and decisive round one to BMW Oracle Racing in a move that James Spithill later said he’d been planning for some time. However Larry Ellison’s team were unable to consolidate their plan. They remained in irons for several minutes and as they came to sheet on, Spithill later admitted that they had an issue with a winch on board: “There was a small problem engaging one of the winches, but the real problem was earlier - and my fault - it was getting too close and too far forward on

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