Following days of rumors Team Stars and Stripes finally admitted on march 1st that they had, indeed, dropped a rig on one of their boats. Speculation had been that USA-54, the old Abracadabra, had suffered the damage but it was actually USA-66, the recently delivered R/P boat.
"Last Saturday, while our team was practicing on USA-66 and USA-54 about 5 miles off of Long Beach, we broke one of our carbon fiber masts on USA-66 in moderate breeze and normal sea state. Fortunately, no one was hurt and there was no damage to the boat," said Conner in a press release. "We brought the mast back to our sailing compound and it is currently being fixed. Our technical team has learned a great deal from this incident and the information they have gathered will be very valuable to us going forward. Our newest mast, which was already under construction at Southern Spars, will be delivered shortly and USA-66 will be sailing again soon. Meanwhile, we are continuing with our aggressive six-day-a-week training schedule including sail development on USA-54, match race training on Congressional Cup one-design boats, and a strict physical training regimen."
For more, see: http://www.stars-stripes.com/