Coutts capsizes America's Cup cat on SF Bay
Monday, June 13, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Getting up to speed in the new America's Cup catamarans is tricky, dangerous business.
Four-time America's Cup champion Russell Coutts, the CEO of Oracle Racing, capsized his 45-foot catamaran on San Francisco Bay on Monday during a practice race against skipper Jimmy Spithill as part of a media day. Grinder Shannon Falcone was examined by paramedics on the dock and taken for precautionary X-rays.
Coutts' boat went head-over-heels and came to rest on its side.
Coutts almost capsized on Friday, the second day of Oracle's first testing session in the new cats, which will be used for the AC World Series this year and next.
Crewmen wear crash helmets while sailing the speedy boats.