Emirates Team New Zealand
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.
Oracle Team USA coasted to an easy win in America’s Cup Race 13 Friday, after Emirates Team New Zealand’s final victory was thwarted when light wind ended the earlier race with the Kiwis comfortably ahead.
Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA sped around San Francisco Bay to win Race 12 Thursday and prevent Emirates Team New Zealand from sailing off with the America’s Cup.
After Oracle Team USA won the lone race of the day in the America’s Cup on Thursday, it gave fans of challenger Emirates Team New Zealand to soak up San Francisco for at least one more day.
Emirates Team New Zealand won Race 11 of the America’s Cup by 15 seconds Wednesday to close within one victory of taking the oldest trophy in international sports from powerhouse Oracle Team USA.
Strong wind blowing in through the Golden Gate Bridge and a strong tide flowing out to sea forced organizers to postpone two America’s Cup races Tuesday between Emirates Team Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA.
Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand regained the momentum in the America’s Cup when it pulled ahead of defending champion Oracle Team USA on the fourth leg to win Race 10 by 17 seconds on Sunday.
Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsized in Race 8 of the America’s Cup, allowing defending champion Oracle Team USA to sail away to a 52-second victory Saturday on windy San Francisco Bay.
Nearly 20 years after beating Mr. America’s Cup himself, Dennis Conner, Team New Zealand is on course to scuttle software billionaire Larry Ellison’s hopes of keeping sailing’s biggest prize.
Even with the most successful sailor in Olympic history on board, defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA simply can’t catch Emirates Team New Zealand.