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Sept. 24, 2013, may go down as the greatest day in sailing history.

San Francisco Bay played host to two massive catamarans sailing at more than 50 mph in close quarters, exchanging leads and trading maneuvers in a thrilling display of yachting.

Oracle Team USA prevailed on the water, winning two races and drawing even with a Team Emirates New Zealand boat that once held a seemingly insurmountable lead.

The sport of sailing prevailed in the larger scheme of things.

As Oracle crossed the finish line in the second race, people at the America’s Cup Park at Piers 25-27 waved American flags and cheered. The U.S. syndicate had been down 8 races to 1 just last week. But after seven straight wins, the America’s Cup comes down to one race Wednesday afternoon, winner take all.

“We’re witnessing one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sport!” yelled Paul Kaba, 53, of Forest Knolls. “Our team has completely mastered the waters of the Bay! This is exciting!”

And off he went into a crowd of suddenly sailing-mad fans who had just witnessed a fantastic battle on the water.

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4:00 EDT Proposed Wed. Start

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SAN FRANCISCOSkipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup on Wednesday with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

 

ORACLE TEAM USA won the 34th America’s Cup in a winner-take-all 19th race, defeating challenger Emirates Team New Zealand by 44 seconds in today’s clincher. Led by 35-year-old skipper Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM USA won by the score of 9-8.

This is the second America’s Cup win for ORACLE TEAM USA and Spithill, which won the 162-year-old trophy in Valencia, Spain, in February 2010. Then 30 years of age, Spithill became the youngest to ever skipper a Cup winning team.

In the past week ORACLE TEAM USA has steadily improved its boatspeed to the point where it could hydrofoil upwind at 30-32 knots, incredible performance never seen before in the America’s Cup.

“It was a fantastic race. We wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Spithill, the two-time Cup winner. “We came from behind, the guys showed so much heart. On your own you’re nothing, but a team like this can make you look great… We were facing the barrel of a gun at 8-1 and the guys didn’t even flinch.

“Thanks to San Francisco, this is one hell of a day,” Spithill said.

ORACLE TEAM USA’s victory marks one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of sport. The team won 11 races to score the 9 points required for victory due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury. Just last Wednesday, Sept. 18, ORACLE TEAM USA trailed the series 8-1. With the challenger on match point, the defender closed out the series with eight consecutive victories.


Edited by Hi-Finthen - 9/25/13 at 2:26pm
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Aussies do it again.................

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The Oracle sailing team is actually primarily from New Zealand. There are 7 Kiwis, 3 Dutch, 2 Aussies and 1 each from France, Antigua, Italy, Canada & the UK. Oh, and there is also one American...

The design team is also from all over the world.

However there is really only ONE important guy - the one with the money. That would be Larry Ellison, an American. He is by far the most important - just ask him, he'll tell you... tongue.gif
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Victory is soiled by another cheating scandal...

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Aussies do it again.................

 

Pfftt,

 

Only 2 Aussies on the  2013 Americas Cup Oracle Sailing Team USA , and only 70% of the The 72-foot,

carbon fiber winged catamaran was built in Austraila , mate ;')

 

Defenders of The Americas Cup keep the Cup at home !!!

 

Cue "We Are The Champions" ...

 

Sing along : USA , USA , US ;')

 

O.K. , O.K. ,(wink-wink) I'll play y'alls theme in tribute for the contribution(s;')

 

- Least ye thinks we rascals and rogues be impolite or uncultured ;') 

 

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The speeds the Cats make is truly breathtaking; however, I miss the monohulls. I think most anyone who is or has been a sailor can relate to monohull racing

much more so than the these alien race craft...

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The speeds the Cats make is truly breathtaking; however, I miss the monohulls. I think most anyone who is or has been a sailor can relate to monohull racing
much more so than the these alien race craft...

I can agree with you - but on the other hand, you can also view the America's Cup like the Formula 1 of sailing - the only thing an F1 car has in common with my Hyundai is that they both have four tires. These boats have more in common with an F22 fighter than with a Catalina 25, but maybe that's OK as long as you view them as the pinnacle of sailing technology. There are other sailing classes available for the more pedestrian designs - we do need high profile events that represents an almost "unlimited" class.
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