America's Cup SF defender ORACLE TEAM USA is on the brink of winning the Cup and keeping it in the USA after the biggest comeback in history and a monumental cup, the longest one ever. It's a testament to moral imperative, dedication, blind faith, determination, to being all-American in spirit and action. Skipper Jimmy Spithill has proven to be a man among men, a leader and put together a winning trio with tactician Sir Ben Ainslie and Tom Slingsby, who never gave up. Ainslie didn't even think he would be a part of the Cup he said yesterday. The difference in the results has been like knight and day.
What was it Clint Eastwood said in "Unforgiven"? "Deserve's got nothing to do with it". Jimmy, heading into the ultimate showdown tomorrow against Dean Barker, said when in the position he had been in
You can either get on your knees or look down the barrel of the gun.
The score is 8-8 and each team is at match point to be decided Wednesday. Jimmy Spithill says
The boys have worked very very hard. We want this. We are going to work very hard tonight.
ETNZ skipper Barker says you just have to approach it like any other race. He's been at match point for the last week and a half and most had thought he would wrap it up long ago.
Barker says the one thing he will do differently on Wednesday is
to be first across the finish line.
I've been blown away, I was one of the youngest guys on the team . . .
Jimmy gave credit to the wing trimmer who stepped up.
It's a tough job, being a wing trimmer.
Racing commences Wednesday at 1:15. It will be the last race, determining the winner. The ceremony will follow at the pavillion.
For more information: www.AmericasCup.com
Check out youth sailing around the Bay at www.SailSFBay.org, particularly the 75 year old program on Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
The America’s Cup pavillion is along the Embarcadero before Fisherman's Wharf and is an easy walk, pedicab ride, bike ride or Muni ride from the ferry building and Embarcadero BART. The village and grandstands are at Marina Green.
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