San Francisco is a tough environment for sailing gear, says Oracle Team USA’s Shannon Falcone, who is in charge of developing every piece of technical clothing he and his teammates will don come September’s 34th Match. The water is cold, air temperatures swing dramatically, and 30-minute, sweat-inducing bursts are followed by long, chilling waits. Then there’s the critical safety gear, the importance of which was emphasized by pre-Cup training capsizes by Oracle and Artemis Racing. No off-the-shelf sailing gear exists for the extremities of the 34th America’s Cup, so Oracle’s kit is custom, high-performance technical gear. And changing safety requirements expected from AC race officials will see more refinements yet, including additional body armor, stronger more visible helmets, and higher visibility colors in the clothing. There are a lot of pieces to put on before sailing, and Falcone says, “We have 15 minutes built into the race-day schedule to get dressed.” Let’s take a look at the essential elements to an AC34 crewmember’s battle gear, developed during Oracle’s early AC72 training.