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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Oracle Team USA Will Use Second Boat In America's Cup Races

Jimmy Spithill announced today at the Skippers press conference that Oracle Team USA will use their second boat to defend the America's Cup against challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Both boats have ben measured and he simply stated that the team had a preference for boat two.The first race is scheduled to start on Saturday September 7 in San Francisco at 1:15 pm PT. The forecast is expected to be tricky and much lighter than these boats are used to with 14-16 knots of breeze predicted.
"It's going to be a close battle between two teams who are very well prepared and we don't know, as do they, as to which boat is faster, but we're very excited to be getting out there to go racing. We've done everything we possibly can and the team is very good spirits and excited that we can finally go racing," said Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper, Dean Barker.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
It's been a tough long week for Spithill, the Australian born Skipper of the American defender and despite the cheating scandal that cost Oracle Team USA dearly with a fine and the suspension of two of their crew members including key grinder, Dirk De Ridder, Jimmy Spithill said his team are just looking forward to getting out on the water and getting on with the racing.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
"There's no two ways about it, this hasn't been the ideal preparation because of what has been transpiring but we're here to race and over the past couple of years we have proved to be pretty successful on the water and we're looking forward to getting out this Saturday and to getting racing," Spithill said.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
"The boats are very evenly matched as are the teams," ETNZ wing trimmer Glenn Ashby said. "We don't know if Oracle are faster of if we are faster, that is unknown until we get out there on the water. At the end of the day the racing will be fierce."

Lulu Roseman

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