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America’s Cup yacht delivered

MARCH 2 — BMW Oracle Racing , the only American Challenger for the 32nd America’s Cup, took delivery Tuesday of its new 79-foot yacht in Valencia, Spain.

“Thanks to the early commitment from our partner BMW and team owner Larry Ellison, BMW Oracle Racing benefited from an intensive research and development program that has produced this finely built hull,” team CEO and skipper Chris Dickson says in a news release. “The delivery of our first new generation America’s Cup boat marks an important milestone in our campaign.”

Members of the BMW Oracle team are hoping that their new “high-tech” yacht will help provide the performance they need to win the America’s Cup, a news release says. BMW Oracle’s 20-person design team in Seattle spent 30,000 man-hours constructing the yacht. Some engineering was provided by German carmaker, BMW. The design is the result of more than two years of the team’s research and development.

“Now we are faced with the challenge of developing this boat to its full potential,” Dickson continues in the release. “We look forward to taking our new yacht through its paces.” Eleven teams from around the world (including BMW Oracle Racing) are challenging Swiss Defender Team Alinghi for the Cup next June.

BMW Oracle Racing members will now add the remaining components of the boat, including the keel, hardware, mast and sails. Plans call for the boat to be launched at a christening ceremony planned for March 27.

Jason Fell