2013 America's Cup: Jimmy Spithill rallies support for Team Oracle USA
Last Updated: 10/09/13 12:41pm
Jimmy Spithill: Wants fans to know the sailors can hear them cheering
Captain Jimmy Spithill has called on Oracle Team USA's home support in San Francisco to get behind the team as they seek to overturn a 3-1 deficit.
The defending champions had slipped 3-0 down to Team New Zealand in this year's America's Cup series before success in race 4 on Sunday boosted spirits.
The finish line of the five-leg course is just a few hundred yards off America's Cup Park on Pier 27-29 on the Embarcadero. The end of the pier is packed with fans on race days, many of them waving New Zealand and American flags.
Spithill insists Oracle can hear the fans and he wants them to give their all in Tuesday's races, as billionaire Larry Ellison's team seek to win 10 more races and keep the Auld Mug.
"There's something about the home court advantage, and it's very hard to put a value on, but it makes a difference," said Spithill, an Australian who lives in San Diego with his American wife and their two young boys.
"The more people we can get behind us, the more good energy they can send our way. It affects the guys on board and it lifts them.
"We want to keep the Cup here. We want to keep it on the bay. These guys (Team New Zealand) don't.
"They want to take it all the way down to New Zealand, which is a long way away. So we need to use that advantage. We need all the people from San Francisco and the US to get behind us."