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Our favourite Catamaran hits the water in the Gulf

October 19th, 2009

Alinghi 5 put her dainty 90 foot paws in the waters of the gulf today and all were very happy with the venue choice (all except BMW Oracle that is!).

“The conditions are ideal here for these boats,” said Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper, “exactly the building sea breeze that we hoped for which means we can sail as much as six days a week; it couldn’t be better for what we are trying to achieve.”

Mind you – you wouldnt really expect him to say “The wind is almost non-existent and I wish we had stayed in Valencia” would you!

As usual the boat looks awesome…

Alinghi 5 in the Arabian Gulf

Alinghi 5 in the Arabian Gulf

Awesome - Alinghi 5 in the Arabian Gulf

Awesome - Alinghi 5 in the Arabian Gulf

So – will they race here?  Ernesto is spending a decent wad in anticipation of doing so.  Have the Americans packed up their Trimaran for shipping?  I haven’t seen reports of that, but the timing is getting tight if they have any intention of attending this race.  Could be a one-boat race!  Great pity if it does come to that – maybe I should pack up the old Dart 18 and go give them a real challenge!

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