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America’s Cup boat under construction in Anacortes

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 11, 2008 at 9:50 pm with No Comments »
April 11, 2008 9:50 pm

From the Associated Press:

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — Work is going well on a new boat for BMW Oracle Racing, the U.S. challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup, team officials said.

The boat is the third yacht in the history of the sailing race to be built in this town about 100 miles north of Seattle.

The multihull yacht is being built for the team from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club to race for the trophy this year. Janicki Industries in nearby Sedro-Woolley is providing high-technology precision tooling.

"We are proud to be in Anacortes, where we can draw on world-class expertise and where the team has enjoyed so much local support," Mark Turner, the team’s construction manager, said in a news release Wednesday.

The yachts USA 87 and USA 98 were built in Anacortes for the 32nd America’s Cup competition in 2007 in Valencia, Spain.

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