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March 1st, 2020
BMW Oracle: a chapter in local maritime history
It was the fall of 2008 when I took these photos of the BMW Oracle Racing Team bringing their prize product into Lovric’s Sea-Craft boatyard on the Guemes Channel. The team, which built the 90-foot trimaran here and tested it in Rosario Strait, ultimately barged the vessel to San Diego. Team helmsman James Spithill said the light breezes and flat water of Anacortes made it the ideal place to sea trial the new boat. The yacht was a key element of the team’s preparation for the next America’s Cup (2010), representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club. (Note scale of boat versus crewmembers on deck. See scale model and details about this racing vessel at the Anacortes Maritime Museum next door to the W.T. Preston and The Deport Art Center in downtown Anacortes.)
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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