Oracle Team USA wins two races

Day 12 of America’s Cup races turns the tide for Oracle Team USA. Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 22, 2013 — On a day after unsettled winds on San Francisco Bay postponed racing altogether, Oracle Team USA came back to win races 14 and 15 in the America’s Cup Finals series, giving the team a fighting chance against Emirates Team New Zealand.

Now at a score of 8-5, the American team is in a less daunting position of needing four consecutive wins to keep the America’s Cup. On Wednesday, that number was eight. The team’s ability to claw its way back from such a trailing position has encouraged fans to turn out for a much more exciting race between the two countries. Emirates Team New Zealand still needs just one win to take the cup back to New Zealand.

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On Friday, the black AC 72 of Oracle Team USA screamed past the finish line in race 13, ahead of the Kiwis by 1 minute, 24 seconds—keeping the team alive in the race for the 34th America’s Cup.

34th America's Cup Day 12 (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Balazs Gardi)

34th America’s Cup Day 12 (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Balazs Gardi)

In today’s Race 14, Oracle Team USA won by 23 seconds over Emirates Team New Zealand. After grabbing the leeward position off the start line, the defender fought off constant attacks from the challenger throughout the match. Race 15 was a near copy, with Oracle Team USA starting the race to leeward of Emirates Team New Zealand, and leading throughout until the finish, at 23 seconds ahead of the Kiwi team.

Day 13 of racing is scheduled for Monday, with Race 16 at 1:15 p.m. PST and Race 17 (if necessary) at 2:15 p.m. PST.

Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.

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Jill K. Robinson

An award-winning journalist and adventure seeker, Jill K. Robinson has been a columnist with The Washington Times, Communities section since 2011.

Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Way, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Robb Report, Westways, Journey, Let's Go with Ryanair, World Hum, Gadling, Lonely Planet and more. She lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks, and divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day.

Always eager to take a leap into the unknown and experience new things, Jill shares adventure sport and travel highlights—even when the adventure isn’t adrenaline pumping or bone crushing. Adventure is sometimes only a state of mind.

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