BMW Oracle Racing launched their new TP 52, USA 17, at Valencia on Thursday. After the initial shakedown of the boat, helmsman James Spithill and crew put the brand new race boat through its paces on Friday and Saturday with stablemate Artemis.
USA 17 © Pierre Orphanides/Valencia Sailing - www.valenciasailing.com
Team member Anabella Alegre of Valencia had the honor of smashing the traditional bottle of champagne across the bow to name the yacht USA 17. The team then took the boat out for its maiden sail and ran the monohull through a routine shakedown to test the systems.
USA 17 will tune-up with Artemis, another new TP 52 which is crewed by mostly BMW Oracle Racing team members including tactician John Kostecki. Artemis just completed the first regatta on the TP 52 Med Cup circuit in Alicante, Spain last week, finishing sixth overall.
After the initial shakedown of the new TP 52 on Thursday in Valencia, the BMW Oracle Racing sailing team put the brand new race boat through the paces on Friday and Saturday with stablemate Artemis. With James Spithill driving USA 17 and John Kostecki at the helm of Artemis on Friday, the two Reichel/Pugh designed boats had their first line-up in 18 knots of breeze.
The boat looks promising,' said USA 17’s sailing team project manager Michele Ivaldi. 'We were competitive against Artemis in 18 knots with waves so we are pleased with USA 17’s early performance.