America's Cup: The slickest foiling, flying gybe in the West - Video

Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ - America’s Cup Practice session - June 21, 2013

The always excellent John Navas caught Emirates Team New Zealand doing a foiling gybe, in full flight, on San Francisco Bay.

We've seen a few foiling gybes before but this is something else - in fact it was so slick we missed it, the first time. An amazing piece of sailing.

The foiling gybe clip only is below - you can see the gybe point when the jib tacks at 18secs in:



The full video of the practice session is below:



In the images below several show Oracle Team USA with both daggerboards down - they are preparing for a gybe and must lift them once it is complete. They can't sail the leg on two deployed daggerboards.

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