2013 America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA 5 Team New Zealand 8
The Kiwis took an 8-1 lead over Oracle Team USA but were denied the opportunity to win the oldest international sports trophy the same day after high winds postponed Race 12. Tuesday postponed America’s Cup: Day 7 Emirates Team New Zealand will have to wait a little longer for their chance to capture the America’s Cup after the 11th and 12th races had to be cancelled due to high winds on San Francisco Bay. Sailing is now set to resume on Wednesday, with the Kiwis needing two more victories to take the trophy from the grasp of reigning champions Oracle Team USA. Race 9 & 10 America’s Cup: Day 6 Oracle Team USA recorded back-to-back wins in this year’s America’s Cup for the first time however Team New Zealand hit back to regain the initiative on San Francisco Bay on Sunday. Oracle, with Sir Ben Ainslie acting as tactician, had registered a 47-second victory to give them hope, however the Kiwis finished strongly in Race 10 to win by 17 seconds. Team New Zealand now need just two wins to claim the Auld Mug. Race 8 Pete Cumming reflects on day 5 Ben Ainslie and skipper Jimmy Spithill guided Oracle Team USA to a 52-second victory in race eight of the America’s Cup on the San Francisco Bay on Saturday. Ainslie, the Oracle tactician, helped his team overcome an eight second deficit at the second marker to secure a 28-second lead over Emirates Team New Zealand at the third. Team New Zealand almost capsized and were also were also hit by a penalty for failing to give way to the windward boat. Ainslie still fighting Late call up for Sir Ben Sir Ben Ainslie says Oracle Team USA have not given up on America’s Cup glory despite their seven-point deficit to Emirates Team New Zealand. Oracle trail by 6 to -1 having been docked two-points prior to the event for making illegal modifications, and need a minor miracle if they are to win the first-to-9 series.
Caption SAN FRANCISCO: Oracle Team USA again denied Emirates Team New Zealand an America’s Cup-clinching victory on Friday, snatching the lead in Race 13 and riding it to the finish. The win by the defending champion came after what appeared to be a certain Kiwi victory was thwarted by light winds that caused the day’s first race to be abandoned due to a time limit to complete the race. The USA must still win six more races in a row to keep New Zealand from the one victory it needs to wrest yachting’s coveted Cup from the hands of Oracle team owner Larry Ellison. “It was really a great day,” said Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill. “Sometimes things go your way, and we’re going to take it.” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker described the day as “frustrating,” saying “we know we can win this thing.” In the race that was completed, the Kiwis beat the USA over the starting line and rounded the first mark a few seconds ahead of Oracle. The defending champion snatched the lead back in a cross-over that resulted in New Zealand being tagged with a penalty. Oracle dodge to avoid colliding with New Zealand but jumped ahead and grabbed onto a lead that grew through the pivotal upwind third leg of the race. The USA remained in control of the race and crossed the finish a minute and 24 seconds ahead of the Kiwis. The Oracle victory came in a Race 13 rematch after light winds forced the first attempt at the race to be halted when the 40-minute time limit was reached as the Kiwis sailed unchallenged toward the finish. The Kiwis and the defending champions were nearly even at the start and the USA was ahead slightly as the catamarans crept slowly around the first gate. After days of high-speed racing on the bay, the AC72 catamarans seemed to be moving in slow motion as the teams jockeyed to catch puffs of the capriciously shifting breeze. New Zealand seized a lead that continued to grow, rounding the third gate more than two minutes ahead of the USA. The Kiwis were racing the clock rather than the USA from that point forward, but failed to make it past the final marker before time expired. “It’s a shame really,” said New Zealand tactician Ray Davies.