The boats being sailed for the preliminary races are actually 45-foot-long catamarans, speeding across the water at up to 30 knots, roughly 35 mph, with a turning radius that'll blow the socks off most cars. The purpose of the preliminary events is to give "everyone a fair chance to compete" using the new wings, design and technology, Aldaz noted.
Likewise, with the race being hosted in San Francisco, Team Oracle gets a home-team advantage. "The San Francisco Bay is the most spectacular natural amphitheater for sailing," reads a giant quote, attributed to Ellison, in the top-secret warehouse.
However, it is also infamous for its treacherous waters, serving as the home to Alcatraz Prison, deemed ideal for housing dangerous criminals due to the water's depth and powerful tidal currents -- making escape highly unlikely. But, Team Oracle feels up to the challenge. "San Francisco is an awesome place for sailing ... it's got wind, current, everything," Aldaz said.