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Team Oracle Points New Tech At America's Cup

Fueled by advances in boat design and all the data expertise you'd expect in an Oracle-sponsored project, Team USA looks to gain a high-tech advantage as it defends its America's Cup championship.
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"San Francisco is an awesome place for sailing," said Aldaz. "It's got wind, it's got current; they're bringing [the race] very close to shore." Indeed, thanks to the catamaran design, the boats are able to sail very close to shore, giving both in-person spectators and TV crews a dynamic vantage point that could open the sport up to new fans. In the past, races were held miles off the coastlines.

The advanced catamarans also allow for a shortened course that forces sailors into constant adjustments--a more daunting challenge, but also a more impressive one.

The picturesque setting is certainly camera-friendly, but given that the Oracle team uses the San Francisco Bay for practice on a regular basis, one wonders if familiarity with the area's tricky conditions might yield a competitive advantage. John Kostecki, a sailor on one of two Oracle AC45s racing in the World Series, is doubtful. The Marin County native told the San Jose Mercury News , "It evens out pretty quickly as teams sail here more. The course area is very small, so at the end of the day there really isn't any home field advantage."

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8/29/2012 | 4:30:29 PM
re: Team Oracle Points New Tech At America's Cup
Great gallery! Thank you for writing about the America's Cup and for providing such great info on Team Oracle's innovations with sailing technology! I'm overjoyed that IW covered this!
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