The wing left Core Builders Composites in a good state, even with the compressed timeline to complete it. Its far more finished, and more details were sorted out, said ORACLE TEAM USA shore team manager Mark Turner. Weve basically got another few weeks of work to get the new wing commissioned. Once that happens, well be in a situation to be able to do load tests.
Weve made all of the repairs to the platform, and over the next few weeks were reassembling the platform and finishing off some modifications, Turner said. We got to where we needed to before Christmas, which was a big effort by the guys, and Im confident well be ready to go sailing again in February.
The timeline on the completion of the new wing was pushed up as a result of the capsize of ORACLE TEAM USA 17 in October. The wing will be assembled and fitted into the repaired boat. Remaining repair work includes installing systems and painting, which will involve a 24-hour work schedule.
To see this turn up inside the shed is a big psychological boost for the whole team, Spithill said, as the entire team is anxious for the AC72 to return to the water. Any day that looks good for sailing, well be out there, capitalizing and really trying to put some hours on this wing and the boat.