Tri-ing Toward Victory

BMW Oracle Racing Trimaran Competes for the 33rd America's Cup

Did you see the scale model of BMW Oracle Racing's Extreme 40 catamaran staged outside of the Howard Street Tent when you visited Oracle OpenWorld 2009? Did you get a chance to meet the BMW Oracle Racing tem members at the SLAM retail shop? Did know that those guys are taking the BMW ORACLE giant trimaran to the waves off the coast of Valencia, Spain, this week to compete for the 33rd America's Cup? Of course you did—that's why you read this blog!

Race 1 for the Cup was scheduled for Monday, but race officer Harold Bennett and the race committee team were unable to identify an appropriate wind for the first 20-mile leg.

"It was a good call," BMW ORACLE Racing's navigator Matteo Plazzi conceded. "Racing today would have been a gamble, and you don't want to gamble when there are only two points to win or lose." Instead, race organizers have rescheduled the first contest for Wednesday, February 10.

If you want to support the guys you met at last year's show as they pilot BMW ORACLE Racing's giant trimaran, you can catch all the action online. The America's Cup Website has live updates and streaming video from the shores of Valencia. You can also get updates directly from the BMW Oracle Racing Team through their Twitter feed and Facebook page.

So slip on your boat shoes, batten down your hatches, and cheer the BMW Oracle Racing Team on to victory from the comfort of your own deck chair.

Update 1: Race 1 has been postponed again. BMW Oracle Racing will try again on Friday, February 12. Good luck, gents.

Update 2: BMW Oracle Racing has won Race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup! Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday, February 14.

Update 3: BMW Oracle Racing won the 33rd America's Cup Match on Sunday in Valencia, sweeping Swiss defender, Alinghi, in a 2-0 victory. Way to go team!


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