America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will conduct testing sessions on San Francisco Bay beginning on Monday June 13th, ahead of the first America's Cup World Series event in Cascais in August.
Oracle Racing will participate in the sessions with two AC45 wing-sailed catamarans - the same boats the Cup teams will be racing over the next two years in the AC World Series.
Earlier this month it was resolved that the AC45 class would be used right through the 13 event America's Cup World Series, in the build up to the 34th America's Cup to be sailed in San Francisco in September 2013. This marks the first time America's Cup style racing will take place on the Bay since San Francisco was named host city for the 34th America's Cup.
The San Francisco testing sessions mark a continuation of initial training that took place in Auckland last month. Principal Race Officer John Craig and his team will test new systems and race course configurations.
'We learned a great deal about the AC45s when we were in Auckland,' Craig said. 'This month, our focus will be on the systems and technology that our race management team will use to provide the best possible race experience, for the competitors and spectators alike.'
The training sessions will take place on San Francisco Bay from Monday to Friday in the afternoon the week of June 13. There will be no AC45 sailing on the weekend.
The AC45 is the official boat of the America’s Cup World Series, and the forerunner to the AC72, the boat that will now be only sailed in the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup Finals in 2013.