America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC 72 has first sail + Video

AC72 First Sail / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA)

The initial commissioning for Oracle Team USA's AC 72 and the testing process was started with the boat displaying an early demonstration of its performance potential.

After two hours, the session was stopped due to a daggerboard failure in the starboard hull.

Boat and crew returned safely to the team’s Pier 80 base.

The team says it is now assessing its options to resume testing as soon as possible.



AC72 First Sail / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 31-08-2012


AC72 First Sail / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 31-08-2012


Fitting up the jib for hoisting, skipper Jimmy Spithill is tiller steering, AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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Crew, Skipper Jimmy Spithill is wearing a wrist PDA, the crew aft of the skipper is at a grinding position - AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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L foil and rudder foil - AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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Stern view showing the centre pod - AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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USA-17 returns to the dock, AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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USA-17 is hoisted from the water with the end of the starboard foil missing, AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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The size of USA-17 can be gauged by the size of the shore crew following her into the shed, AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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The centre pod on USA-17 touches the water under full crew and wingsail - USA-17, AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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USA-17 sets out under wingsail and jib, AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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USA-17 at speed with L foil on port hull retracted and visible, AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco
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For more images ans a short report from Pressure-Drop.US who were on the water during the test sail http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?2898-Oracle-Racing-s-Big-Cat-1st-Sail&s=02856b8f7be67f0c7fb9b38b74738d32!click_here