AC72 Capsize on San Francisco Bay
In a press release from the team, Tactician Tom Slingsby explains the incident: “We called for a bear-away as we were out training. The winds were blowing about 25 knots, and there was strong ebb current at the time. We started the bear-away, and as the boat accelerated it pitch-poled. We didn’t know what was going to happen with the new boat. When the nose went down, the wing hit and a few guys went in the water. We were unsure if the wing would snap, so we all climbed off the boat. Luckily, everyone is accounted for and no one was hurt. The wing is pretty badly damaged, and we are working to get the boat back in position to return to Pier 80.”
Oracle Team USA's AC72 17 capsized during training on San Francisco Bay on Oct. 16, the team's eighth day of practice. Currents and big breeze pushed the capsized catamaran under the Golden Gate Bridge as the team worked to salvage the boat. Photos: Guilain GRENIER / ORACLE TEAM USA. Click here to watch the capsize and the aftermath.