Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10, 2016 Splash Day

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10, 2016 Splash Day

AC45 boat launching was postponed until this morning with perfect weather.  The mast comes out first.

The wing mast hinges, this is the bottom and the mechanism to change the shape of the wing -DSC00602

Top of the wing mechanism to change the shape of the wing - DSC00628

Next, the boat comes out.  Leadership by example, Jimmy Spithill pushing it around with everyone else.  My type of guy.DSC00608

The wing mast is lifted by crane and sits down on a ball on a crossbeam (probably a 2" ball from Auto Zone for $5.95),  and the stays attached.DSC00613

The boat is lifted in the air and the rudders are installed (much smaller rudders than I would have imagined) - DSC00596

Port daggerboard foil - DSC00617

Oracle flying over Chicago -    DSC00623

Splashdown - DSC00627

Race Fans - DSC00625

Oracle Team Members and Race Committee Members from Chicago Yacht Club -  DSC00624

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