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Spithill welcomes milestone delivery

Oracle Team USA received a special delivery last week when its third AC45S arrived at the team's Dockyard base in two shipping containers.

The wing-sail foiling catamaran, which was built in a New Zealand boat yard, is a test platform the American defender is using as it develops its design for the new America's Cup Class boat.

The race is now on to assemble the boat, and install and build up the systems that control the wing and hydrofoils, and start sailing it early in the new year.

“Boat deliveries and first sails are milestones in America's Cup campaigns, so we're happy to have this boat at the base here in Bermuda,” Jimmy Spithill, the Oracle skipper, said.

“This boat represents a lot of work by the entire team: designers, engineers, boat-builders and the sailing team.

“I know I speak for the entire sailing team when I say we can't wait to get our hands on it.”

Oracle has completed its AC45 sailing programme for the year.

The team's first test boat has gone to SoftBank Team Japan ahead of schedule, while its second test boat will undergo work along with the third test boat before Oracle resumes its two-boat test programme in the new year.

Oracle launched its first AC45S, the first America's Cup class catamaran in Bermuda, in May and were soon followed by Artemis Racing, the Swedish challenger, who are the first challenger to launch an AC45 on these waters.

Oracle's second AC45S test boat arrived on Island in August and was launched in October.

The defender's first AC45S was upgraded this summer to closely replicate the configuration of the team's second boat.

Among the most significant modifications is the addition of a second grinding pedestal to each side of the boat, which will increase the physical demands on the sailors, and closely imitate the America's Cup Class boat for 2017.

n Cecilia Wollmann capped an impressive showing at the 2015 Laser Radial World Championships in Oman last week.

The Bermuda Red Bull Youth America's Cup trialist, one of the youngest sailors at the regatta, placed 35th in the 50-strong Silver Fleet.

Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom won the regatta, while Norway's Line Flem Host topped the Silver Fleet.

Wollmann, who is also bidding to qualify for next summer's Olympic Games in Brazil, is due back on the Island to attend next month's third and final Bermuda Red Bull Youth America's Cup fitness combine, at Oracle's Dockyard base.

Milestone moment: Spithill welcomes the arrival of a new boat (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published December 01, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated November 30, 2015 at 11:45 pm)

Spithill welcomes milestone delivery

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