Saturday, October 31, 2009

In the media spotlight

On Friday, the BOR 90 returned to the waters off Point Loma for the second consecutive day of testing since the boat was recently relaunched.

Out on a chaseboat following the team were representatives from CNN Mainsail, Yachting World magazine and the Scuttlebutt electronic newsletter.

CNN Mainsail host Shirley Robertson had an opportunity to spend some time on the BOR 90, interviewing the crew as it left the dock this morning. Having earlier been out on the Alinghi catamaran, she may be the only person on the planet to spend time on both boats.

"It's quite special isn't it? It's a fantastic privilege to have been on both boats," said Robertson, who holds two Olympic Gold Medals in sailing, and knows her way around multihulls from competing on the iShares circuit, where she races against many top level sailors, including BOR 90 helmsman James Spithill.

"I'm fortunate in that I know many of the sailors on both teams. They're both very, very professional. Both boats of course are very different. It's very hard to know how it will pan out… They're both incredible machines, quite intimidating…

"It's interesting, I didn't really get a sense of the scale of the BMW ORACLE Racing boat was until I was off the boat. It looks amazing, especially with two hulls out of the water. It looks absolutely, fast."

During her time with the team, Shirley was able to interview CEO and skipper Russell Coutts and team owner Larry Ellison.

Look for the Mainsail programme to air on CNN International in December.