Video: Oracle Team’s AC45 Sails Great Sound

May 7, 2015

The defending champion of the America’s Cup recently launched its training boat for the first time, with the new craft seeing its first day on Bermuda’s Great Sound as the team captured video footage of the event.

Tom Slingsby, Oracle Team’s sailing manager and tactician, said at the launch, “Today is the first day for our AC45 out on the Great Sound. We’ve been working towards this moment for nearly six months since Bermuda was announced as the venue.

“The goal today is to commission the boat. While this AC45S has sailed before in February, today we need to get out there, check all the systems and make sure everything is working as it should.”

“Pretty much from the start we were foil-gybing and we even took a crack at a couple of foiling tacks. It was fantastic. A perfect day in Bermuda with 15 knots of breeze. ” said skipper Jimmy Sptithill, who also navigated the boat at speed through a local race course.

“The International One Design fleet was out having a race and we were absolutely tearing past them and we were getting a few hoots and hollers,” Spithill said.

“People are really blown away when they see what this boat can do.”

Oracle Team USA will continue to train on its AC45S as well as the smaller foiling Phantom catamarans and Moths on the Great Sound over the coming weeks.

“It’s a real statement to be the first ones out there on the 45-footer and to get a feel for the race course on a boat of this size,” Spithill said. “It can only help to give us an advantage as we come into the race period.”

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