BMW Oracle Racing claims 33rd America's Cup


BMW Oracle Racing claim the America's CupBMW Oracle Racing claim the America's Cup
Race two of the America's Cup provided more edge of seat entertainment from the two giant multihulls
So it is done and dusted and the predictions have come true: that Larry Ellison’s team, with Russell Coutts at the helm of the team and James Spithill at the helm of their amazing wingmasted 113ft trimaran, have won the Deed of Gift 33rd America’s Cup. In the process since winning the Cup 31st America’s Cup in New Zealand in 2003, the winning streak of Ernesto Bertarelli and his Alinghi team has concluded. In the end the incredible resource, brainpower and long, hard graft put into their extraordinary trimaran paid off for BMW Oracle Racing on this their third attempt to win the America’s Cup after two campaigns led by Chris Dickson. Their wingsail was the ultimate weapon, not only upwind as people excepted but particularly downwind and on the reaches. But the BMW Oracle Racing sailing team led by James Spithill seemed profoundly more confident sailing their craft than the Alinghi crew did theirs, having benefitted from much more training in all manner of multihulls – A-Class and C-Class cats to Extreme 40s and ORMA 60s. They were plain better prepared, sailing a faster boat. In today’s race their wider and slightly heavier trimaran also benefitted from having more righting moment. While this Deed of Gift America’s Cup dragged on to a degree with days of racing cancelled (as is always the way it seems with this event) to many used to the lengthy affair of traditional multi-challenger Cups, it seemed we were short changed – the event being won in just two races. Race Two Today’s race was held in lighter conditions than on Friday, the maximum wind getting up to 13 knots on the beat, but not before a lengthy six hour wait for the breeze to clock round and then to stabilise vaguely for the 39 mile long triangular course

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