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Meanwhile, back on the other bay (San Francisco), Oracle Racing, after a spectacular crash of their Cup boat #1 that ended with it drifting under the Golden Gate and out into the Pacific, managed to do a six-month repair job in three and one-half months and relaunched.

She’s back out testing with a couple of noticeable differences: beefier cross beams and less twist in the hulls, deeper rudders, cockpits for the the grinders and helmsman, and two bright red wheels. Having to steer the boat with what looked like a very expensive tiller extension has been suggested as one of the possible reasons Spithill was unable to pull off the bear away that resulted in wreckage. The boats are cool, the gossip is entertaining, and the setting is spectacular. It’s just everything else that is problematic.

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