America's Cup champion Oracle Racing will be sidelined from testing its 72-foot catamaran until early next year because of severe damage to the wing sail sustained when the sailboat capsized Tuesday on San Francisco Bay.
Grant Simmer, the syndicate's general manager, said Thursday night that the boat's high-tech, 131-foot wing sail was smashed into several pieces and will have to be rebuilt, which will take three to four months.
Simmer said the team is due to receive a new wing sail early in the new year. That wing sail, being built in Auckland, New Zealand, was to have been used for a second AC72 catamaran. The platform for the second boat, including the hulls and crossbeams, is being built in San Francisco.
No one was injured in the crash, which happened when the yacht's bows buried in the waves, causing an end-over-end tumble.
The Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers will be held on San Francisco Bay from July 4 through Sept. 1, 2013.
The winner takes on Oracle Racing for the America's Cup from Sept. 7-22.