Oracle heading to Sydney for Am Cup training

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 11:27 20/02/2014

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America's Cup holders Oracle will begin training in Sydney next month.

The American syndicate announced today they will shift their operations south as they swing back into action after beating Team New Zealand's in last September's absorbing cup final in San Francisco.

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

Oracle's time in Australia will coincide with the new rules for the next America's Cup which are expected to be announced next month.

They are certain to feature high-speed foiling catamarans again, though they are set to be smaller than the 72-foot beasts that changed the game in San Francisco.

Oracle have shipped one of their AC45 catamarans to Sydney from their California base for the training exercises.

"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 Oracle's sailing team manager Tom Slingsby, an Australian

"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 have already announced Australian Jimmy Spithill, the skipper, and Slingsby, the strategist and sailing team manager, will both be returning to lead the sailing team. 

Team Australia have yet to announce their sailing staff.

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