By Gael Pawson
Oracle AC72 Capsize: Amazing Photos
Oracle's AC72 pitchpoles in San Francisco while out training.
The America’s Cup defender, Oracle Team USA,, capsized its giant AC72 catamaran on San Francisco Bay during a training session late last night (UK time). Fortunately, none of the crew was injured.
The capsize took place during the team’s eighth day on the water, in conditions which were described as fresh, with building winds whipping up waves against one of the strongest ebb currents of the year.
“There’s no question this is a setback. This will be a big test for our team,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “But I’ve seen these guys in a similar situation in the past campaign before we won the America’s Cup. A strong team will bounce back from it. This won’t stop us from winning the America’s Cup.”
Ironically Oracle’s team CEO Russell Coutts, was quoted in the New Zealand Herald just days earlier as admitting that he “made a mistake with the AC72 class rule” the story also said that Coutts had revealed that he had tried to “scale back the size of the boat late last year”. Right now Coutts is surely regretting the whole idea of these 72ft giants.
See a video of the capsize here: Oracle Team USA Capsize: The Video.
- Gael Pawson is the editor of Yachts & Yachting Magazine and the founder of Creating Waves. A keen racer, she has sailed all her life, and started writing about the subject whilst studying journalism at university. Dinghies and small keelboats are her first loves, but she has cruised and raced a huge variety of boats in locations across the world.
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