sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Oracle 1 and Oracle 2 - Which is which?
Oracle 1 and Oracle 2 - Which is which?


'Both Oracle boats square-off for a practice race - which is which?'    Chuck Lantz    Click Here to view large photo

When the fog comes in, or the wind's too high, or expensive bits fail to do the job they were intended to do in this edition of the Louis Vuitton and America's cup, one of the pastimes of the spectators is to try and guess which is which when both of the defending team's Oracle AC72 boats are on the water.

For reasons known only to the inner sanctum at Team Oracle, they have gone to great lengths to make telling one boat from the other as difficult as possible for the casual viewer, especially at any distance. While it could be argued that confusing the competition is the goal, the competition is not made up of dummies. By now, they can tell at a glance which boat is Oracle 1 and which is Oracle 2.

To begin with, calling them 1 and 2 can be confusing in itself, since the first boat built by Oracle would logically be called 'boat 1', and the second one built would be 'boat 2'. Except in this case, since the second boat built is most likely the boat that will race the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup in the America's Cup finals, it is often referred to as 'boat one.' Confused? Welcome to the club.

To makes things even more confusing, both boats have identical markings, paint and sponsor logos. During the early stages, when both boats were out testing and practicing against each other, one boat had a slightly thicker black stringer just above a logo on the wing sail. But after one media outlet mentioned that this was a simple way to tell the two boats apart, the thicker stringer vanished literally overnight, replaced with one identical to its sister AC72.

So, to help identify one Oracle boat from the other, Sail-World has put together this photo essay, shot by Chuck Lantz, to help ease the confusion.

Quick quiz: Which one is this? First boat built, or second boat built? -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo

This view should make the quiz easier. Note the asymetrical rudder foil. (Not part of the quiz, just something interesting) -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle’s first boat, showing three visual cues; Two bowsprit support posts, squared underbody and a notch at the bottom of the mast. -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo

Another view, showing no lower cross-bracing, a major difference between Oracle and all challengers. -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo

Boat 2, the second Oracle AC72 boat built, and the most likely boat to defend the Cup. -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo

The newest boat, showing only one bowsprit support post, V-shaped structure and no mast notch. -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo

Boat 2 shows her wide V-shaped center structure underbody. Boat 1 has a more square shaped structure. -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle’s newest boat, again showing her clean underbody, designed without bracing to decrease wind resistance. -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo

If you can tell them apart now without checking your notes, you win a prize. Tell the kid Sail-World sent you. -  Chuck Lantz   Click Here to view large photo


by Chuck Lantz

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=113383

2:43 PM Mon 19 Aug 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





















HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia












Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL WAS US