ORACLE TEAM USA: “We’re in a racing phase”

Tom Slingsby at the helm of the ORACLE TEAM USA AC45 during training in Sydney, Australia.
Foto: Beau Outteridge - ORACLE TEAM USA

ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman and sailing team manager Tom Slingsby says the emphasis for the sailing team is on racing as crew members have scattered to the four corners of the world competing on some of the top racing circuits in the sport.

The team is scheduled to reconvene next week in Sydney, Australia for its second training camp, and a new American sailor will be on board.

“This next camp we’re going into a bit of a racing phase, sailing against Team Australia like we did last time, but with more of an emphasis on racing,” Slingsby said. “We’re going to be trialing out Matt Cassidy, an American sailor, who has been a world champion in RC44s, TP52s and on the match racing tour. We’re excited to have him along and to see where he fits in.

“Most of the guys have been doing a lot of racing since the last camp in March. Kyle (Langford) and Kinley (Fowler) are racing on the Extreme 40s this week in China, for example...

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