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“The
Black,” shown here in a spectacular helo-launch, is Alinghi’s 41′
catamaran designed by Jo Richards and Sébastien Schmidt. Built
in 2000 for racing on Lake Geneva, she’s a far cry from the 90′ DoGzilla
that Alinghi is working on for the 33rd Cup, but
Alinghi’s build team has modified her for use by the design team as a
research tool with the Deed of Gift Match in mind.
“The
original objective of this boat, when it was first launched in 2000, was
to compete against trimarans in strong wind and against catamarans in
light air,” said Pierre-Yves Jorand, ORMA racer and multihull specialist
from Team Alinghi. Eight years later, the whole team is very happy to
see such a successful boat back on the water. “It is the perfect
platform for team training and is not intended, in any way, to be used
for racing,” added Jorand.

The
41ft catamaran has a winning pedigree, having claimed the Bol d’Or
four times consecutively from 2000 to 2003.
Meanwhile,
up in Lorient, BMW/Oracle sailors have been out training on Groupama 2,
Franck Cammas’ 60-foot ORMA trimaran. Cammas has hinted that he might
be helming for BMW/Oracle in a Deed of Gift match, but if Cahn orders
a July, 2008 race, Cammas may very well be tied up with preparations to
the Quebec-St. Malo race in Groupama 2.
Justice
Cahn orders a July 2008 date he is likely to be tied up with the run up
to the the Quebec to St Malo race in Groupama 2.

Photo
from George Johns/Alinghi, with 41 great shots of “Le Black”
in the BYM Gallery.
Photos
of BMW/Oracle training on G2 from the great Giles Martin-Raget here.