by Chuck Lantz
On Thursday Sept. 5th PST, both Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle took the opportunity to get in a few more practice blasts across San Francisco bay.
Challenger and defender reaching downwind. - America’s Cup
Today, Friday September 6th, will be their official last day to test before the America's Cup final match races begin on Saturday. Both boats did uphill and downhill speed runs, with very little tacking or gybing. With clear skies and winds in the 20k range, the session was brief but, as usual, spectacular as the two boats took turns churning up the bay. All images by Sail-World photo team member, Chuck Lantz.
Oracle threads through the marks on a speed run. - America's Cup
Within little more than a boat length, Oracle leaps onto her foils. - America's Cup
Emirates TNZ flies fast and low at the start of her speed run. - America's Cup
Emirates TNZ looking stable and quick, speeding downwind. - America's Cup
Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen, this AC will be dramatic. - America's Cup
Oracle begins a run near the Golden Gate bridge. - America's Cup
Crewman John Kostecki is the first to move across to the new side as Oracle gybes. - America's Cup
Other crew begin running across the trampoline - America's Cup
The daggerboards throw up an incredible amount of spray as Oracle continues their gybe. - America's Cup
Oracle crew continue to move to the new side during the gybe. - America's Cup
Oracle crew completing the transfer to the new side, and gets ready to do it all over again. - America's Cup