SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The skipper of Oracle Team USA and his sailing team appear to be brimming with confidence as they look forward to sailing on home waters before an enthusiastic home crowd at the 34th America’s Cup match, beginning Sept. 7 on San Francisco Bay.
Most recently, defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA christened and launched its new 72-foot, wing-sailed catamaran. But, because of strong winds, the syndicate canceled the fast cat’s maiden voyage, reasoning there was still plenty of time to do so before the competition.
It was just one more sign that Oracle Team USA and skipper Jimmy Spithill are believing they have a strong, home field advantage this summer.
“The fact that the risers are right in front of Marina Green on the downtown, so instead of going miles and miles off shore and pulling all the people away so they couldn’t watch, it’s right tight in like a sideline of the course is the land there, the Marina Green area and the other sideline is a virtual line from Alcatraz up to the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Spithill. “So it will be impossible to miss this race, everyone can see it. We call it stadium sailing.”