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Students tour racing compound

BY MATT COLLINS

On Nov. 28, we had the opportunity to take a tour of the BMW Oracle racing compound, located behind the San Diego Convention Center.

The tour was conducted by Stephen Barclay, chief operating officer for BMW Oracle Racing. During our tour, the BMW Oracle trimaran was being prepared for transport to Valencia, Spain, site of the 33rd America’s Cup challenge. This included disassembling the hull, mast, wing and rigging, which will be shipped to Valencia via the Panama Canal.

The trimaran, which has been doing sea trials testing in San Diego for the past year, has an overall length of 100 feet, a 90-foot beam and mast height up to 180 feet. The boat, which was built in Anacortes, Wash., can be fitted with a mainsail, genoa, gennaker or a fixed 190-foot-tall wing.

Racing in Spain is scheduled to begin in February. While in Spain, the trimaran will be matched against the Alinghi catamaran sailed by the defending team.