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Wing Break on SoftBank Team Japan

Everyone is safe following a dramatic wing breakage while testing at the upper wind limit of the SoftBank Team Japan AC45 Sport.

The broken wing – belonging to the team’s next generation America’s Cup Class competition yacht – suffered a significant fracture in the lower trailing flap causing the entire lower portion to detach completely.

Dean Barker: "Fortunately there was no injury and we managed to get the boat back to the dock safely."

"Understanding how hard we can push the boat is a key part of being successful next year. We are fortunate that we'll be back out sailing by the weekend."

With less than eight months until the start of the 2017 America’s Cup Qualifiers, and with build times already forcing teams to finalize their design parameters, there may not be many more opportunities for team’s to test at these extreme levels.