The RC 44 Austria Cup gets underway today and Flight 6 of the match racing portion of the event will be of particular interest to fans of the team. That's when BMW ORACLE Racing, with Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts in the afterguard, match up against the RC 44 Challenge with Jimmy Spithill and John Kostecki. Flight 6 is scheduled for Friday.
Today, both teams get underway immediately in the first flight, with BMW ORACLE Racing facing Team Sea Dubai, which won the match racing competition in the opening RC44 event of the season. RC44 Challenge is matched against Team Ceeref, a mid-fleet finisher in the opening regatta. Four flights of racing are scheduled although the wind this morning is very light.
Gilles Martin-Raget will be out on the water doing what he does best, so we're sure to have great images. And I'll be speaking with the guys over the next few days to bring you some insight from the sailors as the team gets back into competition mode in a meaningful way for the first time since the America's Cup Match in February.