Emirates Team New Zealand
A cost cutting move could may cause the America’s Cup 2017 regatta in Bermuda to lose two of its strongest challengers.
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said “the vultures are already circling” the defeated America’s Cup challenger and that the team will likely fold unless action is taken to secure its future.
Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts got it right. The staid old America’s Cup can be an adrenaline rush.
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.
While noting the 49ers lost to two very good teams in the Seahawks and Colts the last two weeks, Madden said those games exposed another 49er weakness.
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.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA accelerated off the starting line and stayed ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand to win their fifth straight race and remain alive in the America’s Cup on Monday.