Oracle Team USA keeps America’s Cup

Wednesday’s winner-take-all race results in Oracle Team USA victory. Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 25, 2013 — In a major comeback, Oracle Team USA won the 19th race for the 34th America’s Cup, clinching the final victory for the U.S. team. This is the second America’s Cup victory for Oracle Team USA and skipper Jimmy Spithill.

After trailing challenger Emirates Team New Zealand by seven race wins, Oracle Team USA steadily improved its boat speed to win tie the score, forcing today’s winner-take-all race for the America’s Cup. The team started the finals with a 2-race deficit due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury for illegally modifying three AC 45 boats used in the America’s Cup World Series in 2012. The cheating cost the team two points in the America’s Cup final, a ban of three crew members, and a $250,000 fine. 


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“It was a fantastic race. We wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Spithill. “We came from behind; the guys showed so much heart. Thanks to San Francisco, this is one hell of a day.”

34th America's Cup Day 15 (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Ricardo Pinto)

34th America’s Cup Day 15 (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Ricardo Pinto)

Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said at the press conference following the race, “I’m just incredibly proud of team New Zealand and everything that the guys have achieved.” Added Grant Dalton, the team’s managing director, “The country is really devastated.”

One million fans visited the official America’s Cup venues at Piers 27/29 and Marina Green since they opened on July 4, and hundreds of thousands more lined the shores of San Francisco Bay to catch a glimpse of the foiling AC 72 boats. “This was a wonderful match of teams,” said Regatta Directory Iain Murray. “We had a great competition between two great teams, evenly matched, battling it out in the end.”

Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com 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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