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BMW-Oracle Racing Team on Monday launched and commissioned their 90-foot trimaran that they’ve been building here in Anacortes for the past nine months. The boat was then towed to Lovric’s Sea-Craft marina on the Guemes Channel.

Melinda Erkelens, Golden Gate Yacht Club board member and BMW Oracle Racing Team member, broke a bottle of champagne as she commissioned the new BMW Oracle Racing 90.

In a team gathering at the water’s edge, the carbon fiber boat was lowered into Fidalgo Bay in front of the boat yard where it was constructed.

2008-0825_americas_cup2.jpgRussell Coutts, the boat's skipper and racing team CEO, was among those on hand. Coutts, who has won the America’s Cup three times, said "We have learned a lot in getting to this point and now we are looking forward to testing it on the water.”

Then Monday afternoon, the 165-foot mast was mounted on the boat and the boom attached to the mast. By mid-afternoon Monday, the boat was being towed to Lovric’s Sea-Craft marina along the Guemes Channel waterfront.

The BMW-Oracle Racing Team built the boat of state-of-the-art carbon-fiber material over the past nine months. It's the third America's Cup boat built in Anacortes.

The team expects sea trials to begin in early September once the fit-out is complete and structural load tests are conducted dockside.  

The yacht is a key element of the team’s preparation for the next America’s Cup, representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), on which a ruling is expected from the New York State Court of Appeals in the next six months.

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