Published: Thursday, 20 February 2014

America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA will begin its sailing programme in Sydney, Australia next month. The team will practice against Team Australia, representing the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup.

Oracle has shipped one of its AC45 catamarans to Australia for spring training before the sailing team returns to the United States later in the year.

 Oracle Team Usa To Train In Oz

“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,” says sailing team manager Tom Slingsby. “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 Team USA previously announced that Jimmy Spithill, the skipper, and Slingsby, the strategist and team manager, would be returning to lead the team. Further crew announcements are expected before the summer.