Posted September 25, 2013

Oracle Team USA completes miracle comeback to win America’s Cup

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Oracle Team USA sails during the final America's Cup race in San Francisco Bay. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Oracle Team USA sails in the final America’s Cup race in San Francisco Bay. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Oracle Team USA won Wednesday afternoon’s do-or-die final race against Emirates Team New Zealand by 44 seconds in San Francisco Bay to win the America’s Cup series, 9-8.

Oracle Team USA trailed 8-1, then overcame a two-race penalty for prohibited modifications, to win the Cup.

The New York Times reports on Oracle Team USA’s celebration:

As the Oracle sailors rolled around the netting between the hulls of their AC 72, the team owner Larry Ellison pulled up to the boat with chief executive Russell Coutts to congratulate their team on the biggest, most exhilarating comeback in the history of the sport.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailed by Oracle to offer congratulations. Unfortunately, this is the third loss in a Cup finals for Dean Barker, the New Zealand skipper.


18 comments
FightingTard
FightingTard

Bit of a stretch calling it team USA isn't? 

The crew was made up of 7 Australian's as well as the skipper 

biglio
biglio

Ellison basically killed the Americas cup.......next time around he will be the only one racing, yawn......way to kill a sport that could have really been fun to watch........America's cup is dead.......

edwardwilde
edwardwilde

Who cares if only one American was on board?  After all, America is now a brand name owned by all kinds of people from all parts of the world.  The melting pot has long since spilled out of the Continental USA to the world at large.  Enjoy the soup!

MichaelC
MichaelC

I wonder what the international Oracle team (only 1 American) thought when they saw all the flag-waving and USA! USA! chants. Exciting race but ultimately, dominated by one of the world's wealthiest egos.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I'd have watched but I had to cut my toe nails.

ottstarts
ottstarts

USA! USA! USA!.... Oh wait, it was a Brit that came in as chief strategist when Oracle were losing that helped to turn their fortunes around. Sir Ben Ainslie = legend.

kafka45
kafka45

Billionaires hiring sailors to race other Billionaires hiring sailors...............   wow...

Pardon me if I don't get all that excited.   


The boats are fun to watch though..

Tomen8r
Tomen8r

I don't watch sailing. I have never sailed. I like power and speed. One weekend afternoon I was channel surfing and found this sailboat, doing 50 mph during a 45 degree turn around a channel marker! I was blown away. The Americans were down 6-1. The Kiwi's only had to win 3 more races while the Americans had to win 9 or 10. The beauty, speed and agility reeled me in. These boats were literally OUT OF THE WATER, on something called foils. They were 72' long kites. Doing over 50!!!  Many powerboats cant do 50 mph on the ocean, against the wind.

I was hooked and watched every day. There is no doubt, in my mind, that this was the greatest comebacks in sports. Period. Greatest sport comeback in humanity! I attended Sox/Yankees in 2004, as this rival that series.  Red Sox had to win 4 in a row. Team Oracle had to win 8 in a row, over the course of a week. The Americans had to win the last EIGHT races in a row to win, and 10 out of last 12. Something like that. What a series! The digital / electronic graphic broadcast alone is worth watching. I guess the broadcast method won Emmy's due to the way it is covered digitally. Just beautiful to watch, easy to follow with graphics overlay. 

Congrats, Team Oracle!  You guys literally blew me away. I will certainly pay more attention to this sport. Amazing. Simply Amazing. 

BrianBuchanan
BrianBuchanan

What a yawner... though New Zealand had defeat coming, wasting as they did so much public money on this paint-drying contest, then crowing about their superiority at whatever this pseudo-sailing activity is,  when they were up 8-1. Call out the grief counsellors, and play tapes of old All-Blacks games: Kiwi insecurity feelings are welling up again. 

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

Panger2013
Panger2013

Absolutely amazing, astonishing, remarkable... wonderful.

Kudos to the crew

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swededawg52
swededawg52

@MichaelC Well, winners and achievers have egos.  The bums do not.  So which group would you rather emulate?  Jealousy is not becoming of a man.  Striving for excellence is.

swededawg52
swededawg52

@kafka45 I guess in your world it is better having ghetto thugs go after ghetto thugs than owners of boats going after owners of boats.

didymus
didymus

@kafka45 You are only half right. 

The Kiwi's were not sponsored by any billionaire - they were primarily supported by the New Zealand taxpayers. Also the Kiwi team was essentially volunteering their time, which is why I was rooting for them to beat Team Oracle or Team Ellison (it was certainly not Team USA with only one American on the sailing crew). Grudgingly I must admit that Jimmy Spithill and his crew made it well worth watching.

I'll also bet you watch NFL football teams, and possibly support a team owned by a billionaire - what is the difference