Defender Trials Underway


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” ORACLE TEAM USA tested the race course Saturday. Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie each took the helm the team’s AC72s as the crews lined up for two practice races on San Francisco Bay prior to the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final.

“We had two tough, really competitive races today that pushed both teams hard,” Spithill said. “And, it was a good exercise for the team, to have the cameras on and people watching. That’s the kind of pressure we need to be put under as we prepare for the Cup.”

During the Defender Access period on the course, ORACLE TEAM USA used the opportunity to practice starts and maneuvers, run through the track, and get familiar with the boundaries.”