On an otherwise ho-hum Wednesday afternoon, Oracle Team USA completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, clawing back from an 8-1 race deficit against Emirates New Zealand to win the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay.
New Zealanders have started to question whether their team’s loss in the America’s Cup marks the end of the country’s 26-year involvement in competing for sailing’s oldest trophy.
Anywhere else on Earth, the chance to host a world-class event like the America’s Cup would have the civic leaders abuzz.
I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Larry Ellison and Oracle, but they’re the ones who put a lot on the line. Ellison brought it to the city and it was even timed to line up with his annual Oracle World Conference. It could have been a really embarrassing loss for him, but things worked out.
It was a day for the sailing history books, with Oracle Team USA winning its eighth straight race in the America’s Cup Finals to triumph over challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.
Despite problems which have run the gamut from the death of a sailor during a practice run to cheating scandals to financial shortfalls because of teams dropping out, San Francisco’s mayor said Wednesday he would welcome the America’s Cup event again.
Just a month ago, the America’s Cup “village” along San Francisco’s waterfront had few visitors. Then Oracle Team USA launched one of the greatest comebacks in the sport’s history. On Wednesday, tens of thousands lined up along the city’s waterfront to watch them retain the cup.
Disappointed New Zealanders made their way to work Thursday morning after a weeklong national vigil ended with Emirates Team New Zealand’s loss to Oracle Team USA in the deciding race of sailing’s America’s Cup.
Fresh off seven straight wins, the Americans are poised to complete the greatest comeback in the 162-year history of sailing’s oldest trophy. The boats are set to go Wednesday in San Francisco, about breakfast time Thursday in New Zealand.
The longest America’s Cup in history will come down to two 72-foot, space-age catamarans making a final, dramatic sprint around San Francisco Bay, on a five-leg course framed by the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.