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Merlin with the America 's Cup Update……

Hi Dog!

Back to Sports again.

Here are the Quotes from both Teams after the 1st Race:
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle: “I always thought if we were able to fly a hull we’d be faster upwind, but I was genuinely surprised downwind”

Dirk de Ridder, Wingsail Trimmer, BMW Oracle: “Over probably 9-10 k breeze it’s more efficient without the headsail, and the wing is working at maximum efficiency at that windspeed, and there was no surprise we were better upwind against Alinghi with the wing only….Once we get to over over 10k we’re at our absolute best and probably more wind we’d even be better. So good to see in the lighter wind up the first beat we were actually going quite well — we were very very pleased”

Larry Ellison, Owner, BMW Oracle: “I would have sailed today if they weren’t about to call a race in three-and-a-half knots. If it’s very very light, we’ll sail with minimum crew again.  I had intended to sail today and I intend to sail Sunday but not if the breeze is three knots of breeze.”

Ernesto Bertarelli, Owner, Alinghi: “The wing seems to be quite a weapon.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi Skipper: “What do you want me to say, they sailed from behind us to in front of us.”

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle, on the pre-start: “I was approaching it pretty aggressively because the wind was quite light — we did a great job on the entry. We were able to get a piece of ‘em and a force a penalty which was good, but then pretty soon after, we’re sort of learning all the time,  we had a hard time sorta stopping the boat.  We ended up rolling forwards and getting overlapped to windward….

“We sorta had a hard time to try and  stay out of irons. We got stuck in irons.  We had an issue with one of the winches, we couldn’t get the sail on ‘em, and obviously we couldn’t get the bow down. So it was a bit frustrating, you know, as we really had him on the back foot there.”

Question: As you came across the line, how did you feel when you started chasing Alinghi down?
Spithill: “Pretty fired up, we pushed the boat harder than I’ve ever pushed it before –- I mean right on the edge…..the boat really took off.”

February 12, 2010 - Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , ,


  1. james,

    This is probably the Quote of the Day:

    Brad Butterworth, Alinghi Skipper: “What do you want me to say, they sailed from behind us to in front of us.”

    Comment by Merlin | February 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. He, he, he….we just stood there and watched!……..

    Comment by jamesb101 | February 12, 2010 | Reply

    • The Americans have the faster Boat, that’s for sure. I doubt Alinghi can catch up with that. The Mainsheet Trimmer on Oracle is right: If there is more Breeze above 10 knots they’ll win the next one handily.

      Comment by Merlin | February 12, 2010 | Reply

      • Speed and agility means a win for sure…..

        Comment by jamesb101 | February 12, 2010

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