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Oracle gets some practice in on the SF bay

by Chuck Lantz on 16 Aug 2013
Oracle flies low and fast mid-course. - America’s Cup Chuck Lantz

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.

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