ORACLE TEAM USA to open spring training in Australia

18/02/2012 - San Francisco (USA) - ORACLE Racing - Trainig ***18/02/2012 - San Francisco (USA) - ORACLE Racing - Training
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ORACLE TEAM USA, the America’s Cup champion, will begin its sailing program in Sydney, Australia next month.

The team has scheduled practice against Team Australia, representing the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup.

ORACLE TEAM USA has shipped one of its AC45 catamarans to Australia for spring training before the sailing team returns to the United States later in the year.

“This training session on Sydney Harbour is the first of a series of trials and training sessions for our sailing team and will be the first time our sailors have been together since the America's Cup,” said sailing team manager Tom Slingsby.

“We’ll welcome back some old faces and introduce some new blood as we look for the right crew combination for the sailing team for the 35th America’s Cup.

"These sessions will be coordinated with Team Australia and we're looking forward to sailing against this new Cup team.”

ORACLE TEAM USA has already announced Jimmy Spithill, the skipper, and Slingsby, the strategist and sailing team manager, will both be returning to lead the sailing team.

Further sailing crew announcements are expected before the summer.