The chance to win a third straight America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA was a bigger allure to skipper Jimmy Spithill than taking a big-money offer from a foreign challenger.
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.
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.
The America’s Cup Finals begin in San Francisco on Saturday, and city and team officials are hoping that the races themselves will finally take center stage rather than the tragedy and controversies that have overshadowed the regatta thus far.
Always up for a challenge, America’s Cup champion skipper Jimmy Spithill will trade the thrill of speeding across the waves of San Francisco Bay at the wheel of his high-performance catamaran for the hard work of paddling from one Hawaiian island to another.
The skipper of Oracle Team USA said his sailing team is brimming with confidence as it looks forward to sailing on home waters before an enthusiastic home crowd at the 34th America’s Cup match, beginning Sept. 7 on San Francisco Bay.
Oracle Team USA took top honors on San Francisco Bay Sunday afternoon, winning both overall, and the match-race championship in the America’s Cup World Series.