Thursday, 26 September 2013

America's Cup final, Oracle Team USA stage amazing comeback and retain the America's Cup

Oracle Team USA today retained the America's Cup with a thrilling come from behind victory in the final do or die deciding race in San Francisco.  

In the end their upwind foiling technique was once again what made the difference, enabling them to power past the Kiwis upwind and turn a three second deficit at the leeward gate into a 26 second lead at the end of the beat and a 44 second winning margin at the finish.

ETNZ had grabbed the early advantage off the start to hold the controlling inside berth at the first turing mark and lead for the entire downwind leg. Oracle survived a huge nosedive just before the turn but remarkably were quickly up and running again.

By the start of the second half of the run they .were hot on the Kiwis heels again - less than a boat length directly behind at times - and when the teams split at the leeward gate there was just three seconds between them.

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