Tuesday, December 8, 2009


A big day for the team in Munich on Tuesday. As referenced earlier, BMW held a 'technology workshop' for the media with several members of the team at the BMW Welt in Munich. 50 media representing eight countries were present.

They were treated to exclusive insights on the technology behind the BMW ORACLE Racing team's campaign for the 33rd America's Cup.

Team CEO Russell Coutts (NZL) gave a talk entitled 'Dare to dream', speaking about what happens when talented designers are given the freedom to 'play in the sandbox' in the open design space of a Deed of Gift challenge.

And design coordinator Ian 'Fresh' Burns (AUS) gave his insight into the risk vs. reward balance the team is attempting to strike as the Match draws near.

The assembled media also enjoyed presentations from Joseph Ozanne (FRA) the leader of the wing project, who you've seen on the blog and YouTube before, Thomas Hahn (GER) and Christoph Erbelding (GER), two structural and aeronautical engineers with the BMW Group who have worked with the AC design team since 2004, and Francesco Pozzi, an expert in hydraulic systems and winches who led the engine project. Tom Ehman (USA) did a sterling job as master of ceremonies.

Standing out as a highlight on the day was a spectacular slide show put together by team photographer Gilles Martin-Raget (FRA), which documented the progress of the team over the course of 2009. We'll be sure to bring you that here on the blog later this week.

And John von Seeburg and his team put together some impressive videos. Here's the one used to set the mood for the day.

It didn't take long for word from Munich to filter out into the media world. Stuart Alexander, writing for The Independent newspaper in the UK filed this report, including an audio interview with Russell Coutts, within a few minutes of the close of play today.

Of course, we have to acknowledge our friends at BMW who pulled the day together. And a big thanks was also extended by Russell and the other presenters, acknowledging how important the support of BMW has been to the team through what has been a very challenging AC campaign. It's great to have friends like that when you need them most. Our thanks to all involved.