Video: Team Oracle Capsize During Training

March 3, 2016

All crew are safe and the Oracle Team USA AC45S test platform is secure back at base following a capsize during training in Bermuda on Wednesday afternoon.

ORACLE TEAM USA training in Bermuda with the AC45S

“It was a great day for training, sunny, 15-20 knots of wind,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “So it was a great afternoon of sailing until we capsized.

“The boat didn’t tip over through a nose-dive, which is what normally happens, but we were just pressed over sideways.”

ORACLE TEAM USA training in Bermuda with the AC45S

The boat was righted quickly with the assistance of the team chase boats and was then able to sail back to base.

“It was a good test of our on-water safety procedures. Everybody is safe, it looks like we had minimal damage, but we’ll know more on that after the shore crew get a look,” Spithill said.

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Oracle Team USA is the second team to capsize during training in the past few months. Land Rover BAR capsized on the Solent in the UK just before Christmas.

“Hopefully we don’t see too many more of these, but this is where we are as a sport where you’re always pushing to be on the limit. We’ll learn from this and move forward,” added Spithill.

- Photo courtesy of Sam Greenfield

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  1. Cabin Boy says:

    I was always told that if you don’t capsize occasionally, you’re not trying hard enough.

  2. Swing Voter says:

    everybody safe, but I bet ego’s may be a little bruised, makes me feel better about running my boat aground 20yrs back ;-)

  3. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Did they right themselves or do they need assistance in a capsized situation??

  4. To boldly go…where no man has gone before…

    You could conceivably rename your vessel enterprise….beam me up Scotty…I ‘m underneath the mainsle…and bring me a towel matey!