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Feb 18th 2015 - AC45 - Oracle Team USA & Artemis Hookup
If synchronicity is controlled by forces larger than ourselves, Feb 18th 2015 may be the day where
the future of America's Cup racing opened the window for a sneak peek to what is to come.

As if just a matter of timing and a great weather window opening simultaneously
Oracle Racing with Jimmy Spithill get one last day of training in prior to his expected
elbow surgery, wandered onto the South Bay just prior to Artemis Racing emerging from
Seaplane Lagoon with their Turboed AC45.

The conditions on the San Francisco Bay were already mid to high teens in spots out of the north,
with hazy sunshine and generous King Tide/new moon ebb flushing the water out in rapid fashion.
On Ash Wednesday and Lent. A spiritual cleansing for the mind and soul.

The boats and crew engaged for and hour and a half. Running at a rapid clip, MUCH faster than their early 45' counter parts, at times, seemingly close to the speed we saw with the AC 72's back in 2013.
While the boats and their entourage cranked it up, the familiarity with the programs we saw zooming about the Bay several years hence resonated. On very encouraging observance, the hobby-horsing and wild lifts and drops of the hulls seemed much more in control, even though both these boats are in their infancy, with tons of learning and practice to go, they appear to be on the right track!


Photo : Erik Simonson
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