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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Francisco fire investigators have not able to determine the cause of a small blaze that damaged a broadcast booth and bleachers at the America’s Cup Village in the city’s Marina District early Tuesday, a fire spokeswoman said Wednesday.
An international jury has levied the harshest penalties in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup, docking defending champion Oracle Team USA two points in the finals against Emirates Team Zealand and expelling a key sailor.