America's Cup defender BMW Oracle Racing of San Francisco plans to spend four days next week conducting trials off Valencia, Spain, that will help it determine whether the next regatta will be sailed in multihulls or traditional monohulls.
The trials will be conducted with two pairs of X40 catamarans and RC44 sloops. The syndicate will test whether to have downwind or reaching starts rather than traditional windward starts, and will experiment with 3-D and high definition TV production.
BMW Oracle Racing routed Alinghi of Switzerland in two races in February in giant multihulls off Valencia. If multihulls are chosen for the 34th America's Cup, they'll be smaller and less costly than the 90-by-90-foot monsters used in February.
The specific class will be chosen by the end of September.