Oracle Team USA, the America’s Cup defender, might not have yet won any of the 4 America’s Cup World Series events, but they have not been out of the hunting either. Only Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA have stood on the dais at each event as of now.
When the America’s Cup World Series finishes, the final results would impact America’s Cup Qualifiers (May 2017), the upcoming stage of the contest that would be sailed in the AC Class – the fifteen meter yacht to be used in the America’s Cup. Oracle gets to take part in that stage. Therefore, their results in the America’s Cup World Series might impact which challenger they finally face in America’s Cup Match.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill (Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco) told that they would be rotating their people across the season to attempt and get better experience. There is only five that could go racing and from a racing point of view, if you stick to one team the whole season, that team might get the better results long-term over the season. But for them, they have two goals, they obviously want to take part in World Series, but they also have to do some rotation, and this is exactly what they are going to do going forward. Therefore, this is really how they approach it.
The AC Class would be sailed with 6 crew, and like AC45, at least 1 of the crew should be a national of the team’s club. With probably 6 more ACWS tournaments remaining, hopes are high on the Oracle Team USA.