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ORACLE TEAM USA COUNTS DOWN TO THE LAUNCH OF
SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2012) — By the end of the month, ORACLE TEAM USA
expects to have tested and launched the first of its two AC72 wingsail catamarans
planned for the defense of the 2013 America’s Cup.
The extreme performance sailboat is the creation of ORACLE TEAM USA’s design,
engineering and build teams.
The team is currently busy preparing for the first event of the 2012-13 America’s Cup
World Series, scheduled Aug. 21-26 in San Francisco, but as soon as that event ends
the focus shifts to the AC72.
Weather conditions will set the agenda for the week Aug. 27. Day 1 will see boat in the
water for structural load-testing and systems checks on design features such as the
steering system, daggerboard and controls for the towering 130-foot (40-meter) tall
wingsail – vital given the extreme power-to-weight ratio of the new AC72 class.
If all signed-off by the engineers and boatbuilders, Day 2 will be the yacht’s first
scheduled sail on San Francisco Bay. It will become the first AC72 to sail on the waters
of the host city.
“I can’t wait to see the new boat in the water,” said team skipper Jimmy Spithill. “The
boat looks pretty cool in the building shop. The first sail will be a very special moment
for the entire team.”
“It’s been a challenge to get to this point because we’re dealing with a completely new
design rule,” said Kramers, a multihull aficionado. “With the AC72, we’re exploring new
boundaries in many regards.”
The hulls of the new yacht were built at the team base at Pier 80, as per the America’s
Cup rules. But many of the other components, such as the wingsail and crossbeams,
were built at Core Builders Composites in New Zealand.
“Building a boat is not just about skill, it requires innovation and dedication to achieve
new levels of precision and, therefore, boatspeed,” said Construction & Shore Manager
Mark Turner. “Every one of the builders has invested a bit of their life into this boat.”The AC72 Rule is a new design rule created specifically for the 34th America’s Cup next
year. The rule sets tight limits on design parameters such as length, width, weight and
sail area. It is the first new design rule for the America’s Cup since the America’s Cup
Class Rule was created in the late 1980s.
Media opportunities will be confirmed nearer the launch date.
For more information:
ORACLE TEAM USA Public Relations
+1 719 330 0565
firstname.lastname@example.orgSee AC-72 flying (and capsizing)
Excerpts from AC Facebook site:
The AC72 is a speedster unlike any seen in previous America’s Cups. Powered by a 130-foot tall wing sail and with the ability to hydrofoil, the AC72 regularly tops 35 knots boatspeed when the windspeed reaches 18 knots.
The 2013 America’s Cup Finals will also be the first match held within confined waters, the natural amphitheater of San Francisco Bay. With the racecourse stretching from Crissy Field along the city front to Pier 27, home to the America’s Cup Park, there will be many vantage points for fans and spectators to catch a glimpse of the action.
The America’s Cup Match will conclude the Summer of Racing, which begins on July 4 with the Opening Ceremony for the Louis Vuitton Cup. The 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup is scheduled to conclude on Aug. 30.
Two days later 60 youth sailors aged 19-24 will take to the water in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, scheduled Sept. 1-4. The 10 teams of six sailors representing eight nations will have the Bay to themselves as they slug it out in the AC45s.