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    Posted: 04 Nov 09 at 11:34am

04.11.2009 CET

BMW ORACLE Racing shifts into recovery mode.

After dismasting during sea trials on Tuesday morning, the BOR 90 returned to the team base in San Diego late Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after returning to shore, helmsman Jimmy Spithill expressed pride in how his team responded on the water when the mast came down.
"The crew are all safe and all of the contingencies that are built into the programme really showed today. I just commend the crew and all our support boats for swinging into action."
RIBs that follow the BOR 90 during testing sessions recovered the damaged mast and returned to the base later in the evening.
The team will spend Tuesday night assessing all the available data to gain a full understanding of what happened.
"We really need to go back and look into the numbers and see what footage we have. Right now, it's too early to say why and where it failed," Spithill said.
"The biggest priority was making sure everyone was safe and getting back to the dock and now we'll evaluate (what happened)."
That process was well underway on Tuesday night.
Needs to sail more...
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