While ORACLE Racing begins testing on its home waters of San Francisco Bay, Emirates Team New Zealand is packing up in Auckland and heading to Europe ahead of the AC World Series.
ORACLE Racing ran a technical shakedown on Thursday and Friday in its two AC45 wing-sailed catamarans, giving the locals in San Francisco their first taste of what to expect from the America’s Cup.
“We had a great sail today,” said ORACLE Racing skipper James Spithill, on the team website. “It’s really good to get out on the Bay and give the cats a run.”
“We had 15 to 18 knots of wind, gusts up to 20,” added tactician John Kostecki. “We just sailed around the South Bay, it was warmer than the Bay itself. We’re gonna have our hands full out there.”
Next week, ORACLE Racing begins the official testing sessions for most of the month in San Francisco before heading to Portugal, the site of the first America’s Cup World Series event, in August.
Meanwhile, in Auckland, Emirates Team New Zealand was shifting its focus from training to packing as winter comes to the summer hemisphere. The traveling roadshow aspect of the AC World Series means packing and shipping is a skill all of the teams will soon master as they learn to live out of shipping containers and tents.
“We like the style it brings; we’ll enjoy the way we’re going to be operating,” Kiwi skipper Dean Barker was quoted as saying. “In a lot of ways it suits our style compared to some of the other glamorous bases some of the other teams had in the past.”
Also in Auckland, the tenth AC45 has now been delivered to the ACRM base. Roadworks leading into the base had held up delivery for a few days, but this week the AC45 hull and wing arrived on site, along with two full containers of spare parts for the season.
The ACRM boat shed is once again a hive of activity, with everything getting prepped to be loaded on a ship bound for Cascais, Portugal in just one week’s time.