Oct 17, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT
Hang on, Rose! Don’t look down!
Tricky, delicate things, these America’s Cup boats. Remember when they resembled actual sailing yachts? Now looking at them is like watching the opening credits of Hawaii Five-0, only without so much abandoning ship.
It happened again in San Francisco Bay on Tuesday, as the U.S. entry in the America’s Cup, the Oracle AC72 catamaran, got tipsy and capsized in San Francisco Bay during a practice run.
All 11 crew members safely escaped the 72-foot racing yacht, but strong winds and tides have hampered recovery of the $10 million craft. Oracle Team USA officials noted that damage to the craft and its wingsail are indeed significant.
“We did something we had hoped we would never do, and that’s capsize an AC72,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “The most important part is that all the crew are safe, and no injuries.”
Am I missing something? Didn’t this just happen a couple of weeks ago? Yes, it did. (UPDATE: Explanation in comments below).
“I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water, 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.”
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