America's Cup holders Oracle capsize boat in training
SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Oracle's preparations for defending the America's Cup suffered a setback on Tuesday when their AC72 class catamaran capsized on San Francisco Bay and incurred substantial damage.
It was only the eighth time Oracle had taken the massive catamaran - the class of yacht to be used for the Louis Vuitton challengers regatta and America's Cup - on to water for training since it was launched in August.
Official website www.americascup.com said the boat was still upside down, having floated under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, with its wing (mast and rigid sail) "damaged nearly beyond recognition".
None of the crew were hurt in the capsize, but the team were having trouble getting the catamaran back to base.