With a traditional splash of champagne, defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA christened and launched its new 72-foot, wing-sailed catamaran on Tuesday.
Then, with the wind blowing 27 knots on some parts of San Francisco Bay, the syndicate canceled the fast cat's maiden voyage, deciding it didn't want the shakedown cruise to potentially become a breakdown cruise.
"There's plenty of time to shake it down," syndicate CEO Russell Coutts said by phone.
Oracle will sail its new catamaran in the 34th America's Cup match beginning Sept. 7 against the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers.
Judith Sim, Oracle Corp.'s chief marketing officer, smashed a bottle of Moet across the bowsprit and christened the boat Oracle Team USA 17 in a ceremony at San Francisco's Pier 80.
It's the second boat built for this America's Cup campaign by Oracle Team USA, which is owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison. Ellison was not at the christening.
Holding off on the maiden voyage was a good idea, considering that Oracle's first boat capsized in wind of about 25 knots on Oct. 16 and was swept more than four miles past the Golden Gate Bridge by a strong ebb tide.
The churning motion of the waves destroyed the 131-foot wing sail. The syndicate wasn't able to sail again until early February, after a new wing sail had been shipped from Auckland, New Zealand.
Coutts, a four-time America's Cup winner, said the syndicate will try to get its new boat onto the bay on Wednesday morning.
Cal's baseball team (18-22) gave up seven runs in the first three innings before falling to No. 18-ranked Cal Poly (27-11) 7-1 at Berkeley's Evans Diamond. Junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Bears. It was his fifth-straight two-hit game.
Wire services contributed to this report.