Jimmy Cracked Carbon
With more than 20,000 views of the "Rig Dropped" thread in which Mer broke the news to the world, we’re sure anyone who gives a shit already knows that BMW/Oracle’s mast went over the side today in around 10 knots of breeze off San Diego. Early reports indicate it was either a terminal end or buckling of the mast itself that caused the problem, and with the engineering limits being pushed by both Alinghi and Oracle, it’s a bit of a surprise that this is the first dismasting we’ve seen.
With no injuries and minimal damage to the boat, the loss of this expensive piece of plastic may actually accelerate the program to introduce the hard sail to DoGzilla. Ya gotta race whatcha got. Pic of Jimmy The Spit by Squid, with piles more here. There’s some more info on the new but wholly uninspiring BMW Oracle blog as well.