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Aye, The Crew Of The BMW Oracle Might Have Had To Jury-Rig The Mast, They Did


Argh, trouble beset the scallywags that make up the crew of the BMW Oracle during the testing of the ship’s seafaring ability in the Ocean of the Pacific, it did. Thar $10 million carbon fiber mast came apart like the crew during a ship’s mutiny, aye. Batten down the hatches, mates! Must’ve been no old salts among ’em!

Jane Eagleson, a spokeswoman for the syndicate, said no crew members were injured when the mast came down late Tuesday morning. She had no other details of the incident.

Support crews were trying to salvage the rigging. The spar is big enough to support a 6,800-square-foot mainsail and a 6,700-square-foot genoa sail.

Ten million dollars, they say? ARRGHHH!! Whoever designed the dreaded mast should be hung from the yardarm, the scurvy dog that he is!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, gents, it is time for this old seadog to weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! Mainly because I’m out of pirate phrases.

Argh! Ye all can walk the plank and sink to Davy Jones’ Locker, ye sons of biscuit eaters! Shiver me timbers!

$10 Million Mast Breaks in Test Run [The New York Times]