We received the following today from BMW ORACLE Racing. While their stay here in San Diego was originally planned to be brief, for various reasons they ended up being here more than a year. It was our pleaseure to get to know the team, and help them out in whatever way we were able.From everyone here at Point Loma Outfitting, best of luck in Valencia, and we will continue to support you, and cheer you on!
Shipping out to Valencia.
Valencia December 15, 2009 - The BMW ORACLE Racing team has departed San Diego for Valencia, Spain, in preparation for the 33rd America’s Cup Match.
The cargo ship Ocean Lady left the Port of San Diego early on Tuesday afternoon and turned south. It will pass through the Panama Canal before heading across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Mediterranean Sea. The trip to Valencia will take approximately three weeks, depending on weather.
The cargo on board is unique, with the ship carrying on board approximately 200 tons of material, including: the BOR 90 trimaran, the main element of the wing sail, four custom made boxes containing the wing elements, two spare masts, 19 shipping containers, and 10 other boats (RIBS, etc.).
“It’s certainly been a challenge to get through all of this,” Scott Sandford (NZL), who managed the process for the team, along with Julien DiBase (SUI).
All the material was taken to the ship from the team base by water, and loaded on board with the ship’s crane.
“Everything was staged on two barges- the chase boats and pushers, and the shipping containers. We pushed the barges over to the ship and they were unloaded by the ship’s crane. The trimaran was lifted up with a big floating crane and it rode ‘under the hook’, suspended in the air, over to the ship. It was the same for the masts and wing elements,” Sandford explained.
Weather proved to be an additional challenge, with the wind hampering the first attempt at moving the wing. But overnight Monday night, the wing was transported across in calm conditions and loaded safely onto the Ocean Lady.
With the San Diego base now closed down and packed up, the team will re-assemble in Valencia after a short Christmas break and immediately resume preparations for the Match.
On Tuesday the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court affirmed an earlier decision confirming Valencia as the venue. The first race of the 33rd America’s Cup Match is scheduled for February 8, 2010.