Tuning up, shipping out
While ORACLE Racing begins testing on its home waters of San Francisco Bay, Emirates Team New Zealand is packing up in Auckland and heading to Europe ahead of the AC World Series.
ORACLE Racing ran a technical shakedown on Thursday and Friday in its two AC45 wing-sailed catamarans, giving the locals in San Francisco their first taste of what to expect from the America’s Cup.
“We had a great sail today,” said ORACLE Racing skipper James Spithill, on the team website. “It’s really good to get out on the Bay and give the cats a run.”
“We had 15 to 18 knots of wind, gusts up to 20,” added tactician John Kostecki. “We just sailed around the South Bay, it was warmer than the Bay itself. We’re gonna have our hands full out there.”
Next week, ORACLE Racing begins the official testing sessions for most of the month in San Francisco before heading to Portugal, the site of the first America’s Cup World Series event, in August.
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