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High-tech sailing at America’s Cup

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Oracle Team USA sails near the Golden Gate Bridge. The mast of the AC72 boat is 131 feet tall. (Don Emmert / AFP/Getty Images)
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Oracle Team USA, foreground, sails ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand in an America’s Cup race. The boats have a multihull design meant to minimize contact with the water; less contact allows the boats to go faster.  (John G. Mabanglo / EPA)
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Shannon Falcone, left, a grinder for Oracle Team USA, wears a special sailing outfit -- including a Lycra suit, a homing beacon, high-top shoes and a crash helmet -- that weighs almost 16 pounds. (Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA)
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Shannon Falcone, second from left, works aboard Oracle Team USA during testing in San Francisco Bay. (Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA)
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“These boats are so cool,” Shannon Falcone says of the America’s Cup vessels. “And we’re not even close to understanding what they can do.” (Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA)
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The spray that hits crew members on the America’s Cup boats is stronger than it looks. “If it’s solid water,” Shannon Falcone of Oracle Team USA says, “you can get knocked off your feet.”  (Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA)
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