An Updated USA17, Oracle Team USA’s first AC72 hit the water overnight. The revised boat, the same as capsized in mid October 2012, underwent load testing during the weekend, and was launched monday morning. We are still waiting to hear if they managed to sail as the weather in San Francisco is not the greatest.
Outwardly the boat seems close to the original but with a number of “several key modifications” as OTUSA general manager, Australian Grant Simmer puts it. Probably the most obvious being a change from the awkward looking tiller steering to bright red wheels. Simmer goes on to point out that ““The fairing on the front beam has become more substantial than it was. We’ve revised a lot of the systems on the boat. We’ve got the next generation of boards in the boat, that was always planned, so we’re moving forward with that. And this is the second wing too. It has subtle developments throughout but the profile is fairly similar to the original one, so it looks quite similar.” and “The amount that the platform racked (twisted) was a trade-off with weight and windage in the structure of the boat. That trade-off is still there. We’ve made some subtle changes that will reduce the racking, but again, it’s a design decision trading off windage and weight.”
NEW VIDEO OF ORACLE 17 SAILING: (6th February 2013)
Photos from Oracle’s Facebook page / Guilain Grenier