Four-time America's Cup winner Simon Daubney (NZL) is the unfortunate one to miss out due to a broken bone in his left hand sustained during Friday's practice session in Cascais.
He is replaced by the rigging/wing expert Andrew Henderson (AUS) from the shore team and one of Oracle Racing's reserves.
'Hendo' has a formidable sailing CV, including a Jules Verne multihull round the world record attempt as well as 10 transatlantic races and 15 Sydney-Hobarts.
'I’m disappointed, of course,' said Daubney who will sit out the rest of the regatta. 'It was one of those accidents, nothing more than a stumble on the trampoline as I was going across to the other side, but I caught the side of my hand on the wing and it got a nasty twist.'
The Oracle Racing Coutts crew includes skipper Russell Coutts, wingsail trimmer Murray Jones, middleman Matthew Mason, bowman Simeon Tienpont and Henderson.
America’s Cup World Series regatta gets underway today Saturday, August 6 at Cascais, Portugal and runs through to Sunday, August 14. Oracle Racing website