Wed., May 22, the America’s Cup organizers announced 37 safety rules for the continuance of the 34th annual America’s Cup challenge. Among the 37 recommendations, the maximum winds speeds for the racing events were reduced from 33 knots to 23 knots with a flexible start time, additional body armor and hands-free breathing devices were suggested, as well as crew locator devices.  The full list can be viewed on the America’s Cup website.

Shortly after the announcement, at midnight, the moratorium on practicing on the Bay was lifted and three of the AC72s were out on a fairly peaceful San Francisco Bay with winds about 12 -16 knots on Thurs., May 23. Cup Defender Oracle USA, and Challengers Luna Rossa Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand took to the water to stretch their sea legs or wings. Take a look (video). View photos.