BMW Oracle Arrives in Spain

Spanish Fly! BMW Oracle’s 100-ft tri was off-loaded from a cargo ship in Valencia on Monday to begin training for the 33rd America’s Cup.

© 2010 Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

With a little more than a month before the scheduled start of the 33rd America’s Cup — unless more legal wrangling forces a delay — the BMW Oracle Racing team can finally start testing in European waters. BMW Oracle 90, the team’s controversial 100-ft trimaran arrived in Valencia aboard a cargo ship on Monday, after a 20-day trip from San Diego.

"It’s important that today, with just over a month to go, we keep our focus tight and narrow in on what we have to do to win the Cup," said skipper Russell Coutts to his team on Monday.

While the shore team puts the jigsaw puzzle of a boat back together, the sailing team will start some full-tilt match-racing aboard Extreme 40s starting tomorrow.

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