San Francisco Bay site of sinking America’s Cup catamaran
San Francisco, CA, United States (NewsBahn) – New Zealander and Oracle crewman Brad Webb and crew members escaped injury Tuesday when Oracle’s huge America’s Cup boat capsized in the San Francisco harbor.
The catamaran itself was not so fortunate, tipping over and leaving pieces of debris in the water.
“We got caught in a pretty wild ebb tide, got sucked out the gate and ended up in the potato patch outside of the Golden Gate (Bridge) and with some pretty wild swell and wind against tide and swell against tide… It was pretty rough out there.”
“Eventually the rig obviously broke and the platform went face down and the rig pretty much broke up and broke away from the boat,” New Zealander and Oracle crewman Brad Webb told ONE Sports.
They will now make an effort to recover as much of the boat as possible, which sets back their operation several weeks or even months.
“From what we can tell the platform itself, meaning two hulls, beams, and spine are still in OK shape but she’s got a night of towing ahead of her to come back inside and get alongside the dock so it’s kind of hard to tell what shape she’ll be in by the time we get her back.”