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Monday, July 11, 2011

ORACLE Racing bound for Cascais and America’s Cup World Series

Cascais, Portugal, is laying out the red carpet to welcome competitors in the inaugural event of the America’s Cup World Series, scheduled for August 6-14, 2011.
Photo: Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Racing
ORACLE Racing will have two crews racing in Cascais. The first one skippered by Australia's Jimmy Spithill and the second by Russell Coutts. This global competition marks the official beginning of the lead-up series to the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 and includes eight challengers.

“Cascais is going to be the first time that ORACLE Racing, as the defender, goes up against the other challengers, so we’re particularly motivated to win,” said John Kostecki, tactician for Spithill.

“We’ve got to beat many good teams that are out there,” Kostecki continued. “Emirates Team New Zealand with Dean Barker, Artemis Racing with Terry Hutchinson, then there’s Loïck Peyron from France. We have a Chinese team that’s new to America’s Cup racing, so there are a lot of tough teams out there.”

The AC45 wingsail catamaran is easily disamantled and shipped in containers. Last Wednesday the team placed three containers on a tractor trailer for a seven-day trek across the U.S. to the east coast port of Savannah, Georgia.

The containers carry the team’s two catamarans plus spare parts, sailing gear and other equipment. From there they’ll be shipped to Algeciras, Spain, and then be loaded onto trucks again for an 8- to 10-hour trek to Cascais.

“It’s a tight schedule, but we’re pretty used to it,” said Chris Sitzenstock, in charge of shipping logistics. “The ship should arrive in Spain on July 28 and then the truck in Cascais on the July 29 or 30.”

The Cascais AC World Series will consist of four events over nine days: the Cascais America’s Cup Open, the America’s Cup 500 Speed Trial, the America’s Cup Match Racing Championship and the America’s Cup World Series Cascais Championship – a winner-takes-all race, which is the showcase competition of the Cascais event scheduled Aug. 14.

“It’ll be great to be in Cascais, it’s a fantastic venue for sailing,” said Murray Jones, wingsail trimmer for Coutts. “I’ve sailed there quite a few times before and it’s always been really enjoyable. I think we’ll have some awesome racing. It’ll be tricky. It’ll be quite puffy, shifty; we’re sailing quite close to shore. It’ll be a great regatta.”

Lulu Roseman with additional content from ORACLE Racing Media

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