Thursday, May 20, 2010

BMW ORACLE Racing ready to race

From a team press release issued today:

The BMW ORACLE Racing team is ready to return to Louis Vuitton Trophy action in La Maddalena, Sardinia. 10 teams will battle for supremacy over the two-week regatta, racing off one of the Mediterranean’s most spectacular coastlines.

Competing on equalised America’s Cup Class boats (two of which have been provided by the team – USA 98 and USA 87), in Cup style match racing, the Louis Vuitton Trophy provides an important measuring stick for the team as it returns to monohull racing following its America’s Cup win in February.

“It’s really exciting to get back on the water and race against all of the teams again,” said skipper James Spithill (AUS). “It feels like it’s been a long time since we’ve been in a competition like this.”
BMW ORACLE Racing missed the most recent Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland as the team focused on its America’s Cup Match.

“I had a chance to see some of the racing in Auckland and it was all at a very high level,” Spithill continued. “This will be a good test for us to compete against many of the teams who are potential challengers in the next America’s Cup.”

The team racing in La Maddalena features several new faces, including navigator Ian Moore (GBR), who comes to the team after stints with Emirates Team New Zealand and TeamOrigin.

The full crew list for La Maddalena: 

Bow - Brad Webb 
Mid Bow - Ryan Godfrey 
Mast - Shannon Falcone
Pit - Matthew Mason 
Port Grind - Brian MacInnes 
Starboard Grind - Jono Macbeth 
Main Grind - Joe Spooner 
Upwind Trim - Ross Halcrow 
Downwind Trim - Joey Newton 
Main Trim - Dirk de Ridder 
Traveller/Up Mast - Mark Mendelblatt 
Skipper - James Spithill 
Tactician - John Kostecki 
Runner/Strategy - Michele Ivaldi 
Navigator - Ian Moore 
Aft Grind - Simeon Tienpont 
Aft Grind - Gillo Nobili 
Coach/Afterguard - Philippe Presti

Racing is scheduled to start on Saturday May 22nd and runs through June 6th. The regatta format includes an opening Round Robin, followed by two elimination rounds, a semi final and final.

Full team coverage will be on the team blog at and there will be live streaming coverage of the regatta at