25 September 2013

Oracle Team USA Wins the America's Cup, Press Conference LIVE

America's Cup Press Conference LIVE (Wednesday, September 25) from San Francisco

The Americans’ seventh straight victory tied the Cup, 8-8, and forced a winner-take-all race for the famed trophy on Wednesday in San Francisco Bay. Emirates Team New Zealand led at the first two marks, but Oracle Team USA took the lead on the upwind leg and led at the final mark by more than 500 meters. A comeback for the history books -- the America's Cup will stay in the USA -- kudos to Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts, and the ORACLE TEAM USA Crew: Skipper: Jimmy Spithill (9), Tactician: Ben Ainslie (12), Strategist: Tom Slingsby (10), Wing trimmer: Kyle Langford (8), Jib trimmer: Joe Newton (5), Off-side trimmer: Rome Kirby (4), Grinders: Shannon Falcone (1), Joe Spooner (2), Jono MacBeth (3), Gillo Nobili (6), Simeon Tienpont (7)

Race Replays at http://www.youtube.com/user/AmericasCup/videos and at americascup.virtualeye.tv.
More info at americascup.com.

America's Cup: Ben Ainslie's tactics help Oracle set up thrilling finale
The Guardian
The fiasco was going so well. Just a week ago the America's Cup, a plutocratic sailing tournament that everyone loves to hate, was sinking into pre-ordained ignominy. Accidents, boycotts and bickering marred the build-up, then the defending champion, ...

America's Cup: Anticipation builds for Wednesday's final showdown between ...
San Jose Mercury News
SAN FRANCISCO -- This could be the greatest day in America's Cup history. After three weeks of some of the most dramatic, intense and riveting sail racing, it all comes down to one final race. No matter who wins it, the story will be epic. It already is.

America's Cup finally delivers on its promise
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
San Francisco Bay played host to two massive catamarans sailing at more than 50 mph in close quarters, exchanging leads and trading maneuvers in a thrilling display of yachting. Oracle Team USA prevailed on the water, winning two races and drawing ...

After Comeback for the Ages, a Last Dash for America’s Cup - NYTimes.com: "The America’s Cup has produced no shortage of strange scenes in its 162 years. There have been capsizings, shattered masts and shattered spirits, but it has never produced a reversal of fortune quite like this year."

America's Cup a billionaire's game, John Bertrand says: "As for the current series, Team America on Wednesday levelled at 8-8 after winning seven races in a row and leaving the series to be decided by a sudden-death race this week. Bertrand said it appeared that the American's had benefited from intensive out-of-water testing during the series, which New Zealand had led 8-1. "The bottom line is that the Americans have found another gear," he said. "They've done a lot of work with the technology at night with all the super computers and so on and they are sailing, I suspect, a shade faster in these conditions.""

Oracle Sweeps Two Races to Tie America’s Cup - NYTimes.com: " . . . The America’s Cup is the most famous yachting race, both for its long history and for the powerful personalities that have been drawn to it: from the British tea merchant and graceful loser Thomas Lipton to the brash media mogul Ted Turner to Mr. Ellison, the goateed software billionaire who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on this cup campaign. Despite its high profile, the America’s Cup has rarely been a close race. The majority of the matches between challenger and defender have been lopsided affairs short on close finishes and telegenic appeal. This Cup match is the longest in history — at 19 days — and also the closest in 30 years. In 1983, Australia II and Liberty faced off in another winner-take-all race off Newport, R.I., and the Australians came from behind to end the 132-year American winning streak. The Australians had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win that series, 4-3, but no America’s Cup team and few teams in any sport have rallied from a deficit as big as the one that Oracle was facing last week. “The Cup has never seen anything like this,” said Bob Fisher, the 83-year-old writer and America’s Cup historian from Britain."

British sailor Jeff Cole feared drowned after falling from his yacht - Telegraph: "Experienced yachtsman Mr Cole, 62, set sail alone from Weymouth, Dorset, in his 27ft yacht Palamina bound for Swanage 20 miles away but never arrived. His wife Val raised the alarm when he failed to return home on Monday morning, around the same time his empty blue and green yacht washed up 142 miles away on Grenay beach near Dieppe in Normandy. Mr Cole was last sighted off St Alban's Head, three miles from Swanage, at 10am on Saturday morning. It is believed Mr Cole was motoring the yacht in light winds using an autopilot to steer when he suddenly fell overboard."

Georgetown Sailing Competes in Two Regattas Over the Weekend
Georgetown University Official Athletic Site
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown sailing team split sites last weekend competing at the Mrs. Hurst Regatta in Hanover, N.H., and the Nevins Trophy at King's Point in Great Neck, N.Y. Georgetown, currently tabbed fourth in the coed national polls and eighth ...

Sailing With Charlie: The Escape Hatch on a Catamaran
All At Sea
Catamarans have become the charter yacht of choice in the Caribbean. Every year more and more cats join the crewed yacht fleet while the bareboat companies vie for these multi-hulls as demand increases. Charlie is often called upon to teach catamaran ...

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