Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA were masterful in light air Sunday on San Francisco Bay, winning two races against Emirates Team New Zealand to stay alive in the America’s Cup.
Back home in Britain, he’s known as Sir Ben Ainslie. Out on San Francisco Bay, he’s the tactician for America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA. And really, Ainslie can’t lose even if Oracle fails to defend the America’s Cup.
Defending champion Oracle Team USA on Thursday dropped a Bay Area native from its sailing crew as the team tries to find a way to come back from a large deficit in the America’s Cup Finals, which resumes this afternoon in San Francisco.
Might a British knight be able to help turn around the America’s Cup misfortunes of defending champion Oracle Team USA? Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor in history, subbed out struggling tactician John Kostecki for Oracle’s training session Wednesday on San Francisco Bay.