2013 America's Cup: Oracle Team USA 9 Team New Zealand 8
Last Updated: 26/09/13 9:08am
Oracle Team USA retained the America's Cup following a 9-8 success over Emirates Team New Zealand
See how Oracle Team USA secured one of the greatest comeback in sporting history to win the America's Cup.
Dream come true
Sir Ben Ainslie has admitted he has achieved a childhood dream in winning the America's Cup. Ainslie was crucial to Oracle's success in San Francisco with the 36-year-old helping to mastermind one of the great sporting comebacks. "It is huge for the team and for me personally. As a kid I dreamt of one day being involved in the America's Cup," he said. "I grew up down in Falmouth in Cornwall and used to watch Peter de Savary's America's Cup boats training, so to win it is unbelievable and perhaps one day we can see a British team winning it."
Ainslie targets British winner
Sir Ben Ainslie has targeted winning the America's Cup with a British team after playing a pivotal role in Oracle's stunning success. Ainslie was drafted in by Oracle after five races, with Team New Zealand having already registered four wins. And Ainslie's influence was gradually felt as Oracle overturned an 8-1 deficit to win 9-8. No British boat has ever triumphed in the event, though, and that is something the four-time Olympic champion is looking to change.
Winner takes all
Seven straight wins meant the victory in race 19 on Wednesday would secure the 34th edition of the America's Cup. The Americans had all the momentum going into the final race in San Francisco and it was Oracle who crossed the finish line in first. They pulled clear in the upwind leg to ensure success and retain the cup against all the odds when a week ago Team New Zealand looked primed to bag the Auld Mug after moving into a seemingly unassailable 8-1 lead.
Oracle set up Cup decider
One of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time is still on after Oracle Team USA won both races on Tuesday to make it seven in a row and level the 34th America's Cup at 8-8 with Emirates Team New Zealand. The hosts were docked two points before the competition even started before slipping 8-1 behind, with New Zealand just one win away from sealing the Cup. However, with the help of Sir Ben Ainslie, Oracle have turned things around to set-up a thrilling winners-takes-all single race on Wednesday.
Winds of change
Oracle Team USA won their fifth straight race to keep alive their hopes of defending the America's Cup. Jimmy Spithill's crew led from the start in race 16 and went on to complete victory by 33 seconds. They now trail challengers Emirates Team New Zealand 8-6 overall. Due to a late start while the wind settled into a favourable direction, the second scheduled race of the day was postponed.
Comeback gathers momentum
Oracle Team USA continued to cut their gap to Emirates Team New Zealand at the America's Cup by taking victory in races 14 and 15 on Sunday. Jimmy Spithill and the rest of the Oracle crew are now 8-5 behind having won the last four races, with the Kiwis still searching for the one victory they need to clinch yachting's top prize. Although they have now won four races in a row, Oracle must win four more in succession to take the overall honours.
The wait goes on
Unfavourable winds in San Francisco Bay denied Emirates Team New Zealand the chance to clinch the America's Cup for at least another day. Race officials decided the wind direction was unfavourable and postponed the day's two scheduled races. Emirates Team New Zealand lead 8-3 and require just one more victory to take the Auld Mug from defending champion Oracle Team USA.
Oracle win again
Emirates Team New Zealand was thwarted in its effort to win the America's Cup. Race 13 was postponed because of a time limit with the Kiwis far ahead of Oracle Team USA in light, shifty wind on foggy San Francisco Bay. Then, on the rerun it was Oracle who took the victory to close the gap to 8-3 in the best-of-nine series.
Oracle fight on
Oracle Team USA kept their slim hopes alive of retaining the America's Cup with victory over Emirates Team New Zealand in race 12. Jimmy Spithill's crew triumphed by 31 seconds to record their fourth triumph of the series, though they still trail 8-2 after being penalised two points before racing began.
New Zealand on the brink
Emirates Team New Zealand moved within one win of clinching the America's Cup after claiming a 15-second victory in Race 11 on Wednesday. The Kiwis took an 8-1 lead over Oracle Team USA but were denied the opportunity to win the oldest international sports trophy the same day after high winds postponed Race 12.
Emirates Team New Zealand will have to wait a little longer for their chance to capture the America's Cup after the 11th and 12th races had to be cancelled due to high winds on San Francisco Bay. Sailing is now set to resume on Wednesday, with the Kiwis needing two more victories to take the trophy from the grasp of reigning champions Oracle Team USA.
Race 9 & 10
Oracle Team USA recorded back-to-back wins in this year's America's Cup for the first time however Team New Zealand hit back to regain the initiative on San Francisco Bay on Sunday. Oracle, with Sir Ben Ainslie acting as tactician, had registered a 47-second victory to give them hope, however the Kiwis finished strongly in Race 10 to win by 17 seconds. Team New Zealand now need just two wins to claim the Auld Mug.
Ben Ainslie and skipper Jimmy Spithill guided Oracle Team USA to a 52-second victory in race eight of the America's Cup on the San Francisco Bay on Saturday. Ainslie, the Oracle tactician, helped his team overcome an eight second deficit at the second marker to secure a 28-second lead over Emirates Team New Zealand at the third. Team New Zealand almost capsized and were also were also hit by a penalty for failing to give way to the windward boat.
Ainslie still fighting
Sir Ben Ainslie says Oracle Team USA have not given up on America's Cup glory despite their seven-point deficit to Emirates Team New Zealand. Oracle trail by 6 to -1 having been docked two-points prior to the event for making illegal modifications, and need a minor miracle if they are to win the first-to-9 series. But Ainslie says the team have not given up despite the huge disadvantage. "Nobody here is giving up by any means," the 36-year-old told Sky Sports News.
Races 6 & 7
Even Britain's Sir Ben Ainslie proved unable to help Oracle Team USA in their America's Cup battle with Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco on Thursday. Team New Zealand beat the defending champions in both of the day's races to move closer to taking the Cup down under for the second time in 18 years. The Kiwis dominated both races, winning by 47 seconds and 66 seconds.
Oracle gamble on Ainslie
Four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie has been drafted in to revive Oracle Team USA's flagging bid to retain the America's Cup. Britain's Ainslie has been brought in to replace tactician John Kostecki ahead of Race Six and Seven against Emirates Team New Zealand on Thursday. "We've decided to make a change in the back and bring Ben Ainslie onboard," skipper Jimmy Spithill said in a statement on the team's official website. "While making crew changes has always been an option, we understand there's a risk that comes with it. JK is a great team-mate and a tremendous asset to our program, and he is supportive of the decision."
Team New Zealand extended their lead after comfortably defeating Oracle Team USA in the fifth race on Tuesday. They are now just five more away from seizing the Cup from the grasp of the current holders. Oracle have just one race victory but are still stuck on minus one due to a penalty they incurred before the opening race. They opted to use their "provisional card" after their latest loss, allowing them to postpone the second race that was due to take place. Instead, race six will now be staged on Thursday.
Races 3 & 4
Team New Zealand might have moved into a clear lead after a dominate victory in Race 3, however the fight for the America's Cup is far from over. Oracle Team USA proved they are in no mood to let the Kiwis have things their own way as they finished eight seconds clear in Race 4. And Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill believes that his team now have the momentum moving forward.
Races 1 & 2
Team New Zealand skimmed above the waves of San Francisco Bay faster and better than defending champion Oracle Team USA to win the first two races of the 34th America's Cup on Saturday. With low-key skipper Dean Barker at the wheel of the high-performance catamaran, the Kiwis lost and then regained the lead to win the opening race by 36 seconds. Team New Zealand, showing better speed and crew work, led the whole way in the second race to win by 52 seconds.
Team Oracle USA have it all to do this year after they were hit with a two-point deduction ahead of the start of the competition on Saturday. The Americans were penalised for illegally modifying catamarans. It means Team USA must win 11 races to defend their title while their opponent Emirates Team New Zealand require nine wins in the best-of-17 format event.
This year's event sees Team Oracle USA defend their crown against Team New Zealand in San Francisco. The Americans are the reigning champions following a 2-0 success over Switzerland's Alinghi. Their opponents are Team New Zealand, who won the right to battle Oracle after toppling Italy's Luna Rossa 7-1 in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series. Tensions between the teams have been running high with Team New Zealand's managing director Grant Dalton and Russell Coutts, is CEO of Oracle Team USA, talking up their teams' chances.
The America's Cup is quite simply one of the oldest trophies in sport. Its 162-year history has been dominated by America. New York Yacht Club won the 1851 contest and subsequently won their next 25 meets, a run that lasted 132 year until they were beaten by Royal Perth Yacht Club in 1983. The event is a challenge-based sailing competition where the winning yacht club makes the rules and hosts the following edition. Throughout the years America's Cup boats have undergone various construction changes.
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