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America's Cup- Defender and Challenger of Record square off in Sydney

by on 13 May 2014
- Oracle Team USA - second training session in Sydney with Team Australia - AC45’s Oracle Team USA
America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA is in the midst of its second Sydney training camp, against Challenger of Record, Team Australia.

As in March, some new sailors are getting a chance to strut their stuff, while the crew focuses on race practice against Team Australia.

'It’s going great so far. We have a few new guys here, who are fitting in really well,' said sailing team manager and helmsman Tom Slingsby.

'We just finished our fitness testing which has been pretty tough. We’ve seen a few of the boys crack, which is good to know, but it’s been great. We have a few more days to go and we’re going to get the most out of it.'

Sailor Rome Kirby says he’s happy to be back out racing, with Team Australia pushing the defending America’s Cup champions.

'It’s been a blast. It’s good to get back in the boat and properly race,' Kirby said. 'Last time we were working a lot of people in but now it’s good to get out. Team Australia is pushing us more so it’s been a lot of fun.'

The team is also working hard on making sure everyone has a nickname… even the old guys.

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