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Oracle gets some practice in on the SF bay    

'Oracle flies low and fast mid-course. - America’s Cup'    Chuck Lantz ©    Click Here to view large photo


Team Oracle had both their AC72 boats out today, taking advantage of a non-race day to practice running the America's Cup course. Their number one boat did most of the work, trying a number of gybes, using a shorter, fuller headsail than usually seen on either of the two boats.


In light winds averaging 16 knots and a slack tide, Oracle #1 didn't have much luck completing any clean foil-to-foil gybes without dropping one or both hulls into the water. As with all things in this AC, we have to guess about their actual intentions. Photos by Chuck Lantz for Sail-World.

Luna Rossa and Oracle on the Marin side of the SF bay. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle flies toward San Francisco from the Marin coast. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo

A power boat illustrating why power boats are banned from the shoreline on race days. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle in the middle of a gybe. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo


Passengers on the ferry Emperor Norton get a million dollar view of Oracle. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle back on their feet and flying. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle crew gets another cold dousing as they drop after another gybe attempt. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle flies on her foils, showing their shorter headsail. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle slams down after a failed foil-to-foil gybe attempt. - America’s Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo

A boat worth multi-millions of dollars behind them, and these folks are staring at ... a harbor seal. - America's Cup -  Chuck Lantz ©?nid=113237   Click Here to view large photo



by Chuck Lantz
- 10:00 PM Thu 15 Aug 2013 GMT





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