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November 28th, 2008

– State-of-the-Art Trimaran Will Undergo Modifications to Improve Performance and Start Phase II Sea Trials in San Diego in Late January
– BMW ORACLE Explores New Racing Options for Trimaran
San Diego, California, November 28, 2008 – Russell Coutts, CEO and Skipper of BMW ORACLE Racing, today announced that BOR 90, the syndicate’s state-of-the-art trimaran, has successfully completed Phase I of its sea trials in San Diego.
The 90 foot high-tech trimaran now will undergo further modifications to improve performance based on the team’s experiences with the trimaran on the Pacific Ocean off California since October. Over the next few months, a number of design changes will be implemented in order to make the trimaran an even faster, more responsive boat. In addition, decisions will be made about the optimum crew size and placement.
The boat will return to the water in late January for several additional months of testing in San Diego.
Said Coutts, “We’ve had some great sailing over the past seven weeks. Our team worked hard and pushed the limits of the boat, identifying its many strengths as well as several areas where it needs improvement. We saw it can consistently sail one-and-a-half to two times the speed of the wind, regardless of sea and wind conditions, and it has remarkable agility. Overall, it’s an amazing machine – none of us have ever sailed anything like it. Its extreme engineering enables extreme performance.”
Coutts also announced that BMW ORACLE had begun to explore opportunities to race the trimaran. “Our racing options for sailing a multihull are not limited to the America’s Cup. Indeed, a Deed of Gift race is only a default option forced on us if Alinghi declines to agree to a multi-challenger event after we win the appeal. It remains our hope that we will reach an agreement with the America’s Cup Defender that will enable a traditional, multi-challenger America’s Cup in monohulls.
“With that in mind, we are exploring a number of other ways to sail the boat, including match races, regattas or even an attempt at one of the sailing speed records,” he said.
Coutts added, “On behalf of all of us at BMW ORACLE Racing, I want to thank the people of San Diego – the reception we’ve gotten from the sailing community and everyone else has been wonderful.”
The Phase I sea trials followed several weeks of “shake-down” testing in Puget Sound off Anacortes, WA earlier in September.

Quick hello from above the Arctic Circle.

November 20th, 2008

Hi Tom,
   Just wanted to say; thank you for your great Patagonia sale, the only problem is, I should have purchased more.  Though thankful for what I did purchase as it has been in the (-30′s and lower).  The Patagonia gear has made all the difference.  The sun is rising @ 12:20 pm and setting just before 3:00 pm, total darkness is just around the corner w/temps reaching (-50 degrees and lower).  The Aurora Borealis, sunsets, sunrises and crystal clear skies have been absolutely spectacular and w/Salmon colored peaks and snow the consistency of sugar that sparkles like diamonds, it’s hard to imagine just how hostile an environment it really is.

   Thanks again,

Kevin, guide north of the Arctic Circle
Kevin Bairey
Innovative Solutions of Global Proportions kevlarr2004@mac.com