Friday, March 12, 2010

Jimmy Spithill in Auckland

Skipper Jimmy Spithill turned up in Auckland earlier this week to take in the sights and sounds at the Louis Vuitton Trophy. A founding member of the WSTA, the association of teams that is organising the Louis Vuitton Trophy events, BMW ORACLE Racing wasn't able to compete in Auckland so soon after the America's Cup. But the team will be racing in the next event, in La Maddalena, Italy in May.

Spithill met with a lot of friends here, who are competing on other teams, and watched some of the racing. He says he was impressed by the level.

"I'm a little concerned. The level that's out here now - any one of these teams can win races - and you see that in the results… We've done very little racing. For me personally, and JK (tactician John Kostecki), we've been so focussed on the multihull, that we've done nothing (to prepare for this kind of racing). So I'm a bit concerned and I can't wait to get into it."

See more from James in Auckland here.