Oracle Floats Refined America's Cup Boat

Posted: April 24, 2013  |  By: Tom FitzGerald [SF Gate]

As its sparkling 72-foot catamaran was christened on a sun-kissed day on the San Francisco waterfront, the mood among the Oracle Team USA couldn't have been more buoyant.

Nobody was flat out predicting a victory in the America's Cup finals, which will be held on the bay, Sept. 7-21, but the people who will sail this sleek red and black beauty seemed thrilled before launching the boat Tuesday at Pier 80.

When a reporter suggested to tactician John Kostecki that the team's first AC72 was like a Ferrari, he said, "Now we're going to be riding a Ferrari that's tuned up - and turbocharged."

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