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The BMW ORACLE Racing Team, which built their 90-foot trimaran here and has been testing it in Rosario Strait, says they’ll barge the boat to San Diego later this month.

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(BMW ORACLE Racing Team photo by Gilles Martin-Raget)

The BMW ORACLE Racing Team, which built their 90-foot trimaran here and has been testing it in Rosario Strait, says they’ll barge the boat to San Diego later this month.

“With light breeze and flat water, Anacortes has been the ideal place to sea trial our new boat,“ said team helmsman James Spithill when confirming the ongoing testing plans. “We will move the team to San Diego for two months to extend the sailing season in the warmer climate of Southern California.” 

San Diego was the home of the America’s Cup during the San Diego Yacht Club’s reign as defender from 1987-1995.

The team will base its operations from the Fifth Avenue Landing downtown, near the former Rowing Club/Chart House restaurant (now Joe’s Crab Shack) where Team Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes was located when the America’s Cup was in San Diego. 
 
The boat is expected to arrive by barge in San Diego by the end of September.

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).

The BMW ORACLE Racing Team's boat-building group will remain in Anacortes.

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