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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Oracle Team USA boat damaged

Associated Press

America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA sustained damage to its newest catamaran just minutes into the first day of its two-boat testing program on San Francisco Bay.

The damage to the headstay was enough to force the high-performance boat back to the dock. The syndicate's older boat went back out on the water for training on Tuesday with skipper Jimmy Spithill at the helm.

Spithill says the damage should be repaired in time for both boats to be out on the water Wednesday.

Spithill says two-boat testing helps the syndicate make improvements to the boats and is important because there will be no defender trials.

Oracle will face the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers in the 34th America's Cup beginning Sept. 7.

Oracle's first boat capsized in mid-October, destroying its wing sail.