America's Cup: Oracle Team USA comeback continues at 8-8 with Team New Zealand
Last Updated: 25/09/13 12:03pm
Oracle Team USA powering towards epic comeback
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 to level the 34th America's Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand.
The hosts have twice been down and out in the competition, having been docked two points before it even started before then being dominated and slipping 8-1 behind, with New Zealand just one win away from sealing the Cup.
However, with the help of British Olympic sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie, Oracle have turned things around in superb style and with two more wins on Tuesday they levelled it up at 8-8 to set-up a thrilling winners-takes-all single race on Wednesday - a race you can see live on Sky Sports.
Oracle have been on a knife-edge for the last few days, and again they entered Race 17 in the knowledge that one slip would cost them the America's Cup, but it was New Zealand who flinched first at the start.
As the two boats came together, Team New Zealand were given two penalties, enabling Team USA to get a clean start.
"New Zealand was supposed to do everything it could to stay clear and it didn't," the Cup's chief umpire explained. "Two penalties were assessed."
Team USA went on to win by 27 seconds and make it a record sixth straight win in the America's Cup, and bring it back to 8-7.
New Zealand got ahead in Race 18 though, as they looked to finally see-off the epic comeback from the hosts, but, with all the momentum against them, again they could not hold on.
Oracle stormed ahead and opened up a gap of as much as 1000m as the defending champions won a 10th race overall of the event and level it all up at 8-8 and stand on the verge of the biggest comeback in the 172-year history of the America's Cup.
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