BMW ORACLE Racing will ship its 90-foot multihull yacht from Anacortes, WA, to San Diego, CA at the conclusion of the initial test session here later this month for a second sailing session with the new trimaran.
'With light breeze and flat water, Anacortes has been the ideal place to sea trial our new boat,' said team helmsman James Spithill when confirming the ongoing testing plans. 'We will move the team to San Diego for two months to extend the sailing season in the warmer climate of Southern California.'
San Diego was the home of the America’s Cup during the San Diego Yacht Club’s reign as Defender from 1987-1995. The team will base its operations from the Fifth Avenue Landing downtown, near the former Rowing Club/Chart House restaurant (now Joe’s Crab Shack) where Team Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes was located when the America’s Cup was in San Diego.
The boat is expected to arrive by barge in San Diego by the end of September.
San Diego company R.E. Staite is providing the team with the equipment required for unloading the yacht from the barge.
The yacht is a key element of the team’s preparation for the next America’s Cup, representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC).