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.
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.
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.
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