by Richard Gladwell on 22 Apr 2013
Boat 2 load test / SFO April Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 21-04-2013 Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA © http://www.oracleteamusamedia.com/
At first blush, the new AC72 appears to be a development of the design concept initiated with their first AC72, refined when that boat was modified after a capsize in October 2012, and now extended further with this new AC72.
The emphasis on reduction of aerodynamic drag is apparent, with larger foiling on the cross beams and a minimisation of the load distribution systems.
See the images below for more images of USA17-2 and some recent images from USA17-1.5 sailing on San Francisco Bay at the right viewing angles.
Also http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?3442-Oracle-Racing-US-17-2.0-Preveiw!click_here to see coverage and more images from US website www.pressure-drop.us