After starting out America’s Cup in the hole on Sept.7, down two points due to penalties, and losing the first three races putting them in a five point deficit, Oracle Team USA came back in Sunday’s second race (the fourth of the series) to win it handily by sprinting to the finish line eight seconds ahead of the Emirates Team New Zealand.
The two 72 foot high profile catamarans, started out the fourth race even, but according to the Sept. 9, USA Today, Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill made it to the first buoy before the New Zealand boat and “swung his catamaran around the buoy at 45.97 knots, or 52.9 mph.”
The Oracle team has had difficulties, but with Spithill, who in 2010, at 30 years of age, became the youngest skipper in the history of the competition to bring home the America’s Cup, and the shift in momentum with yesterday's win (even though the USA team still has a deficit of one point), the series could be a very tight one.
Tomorrow’s races could be pivotal. New Zealand needs to win six more races to take the trophy back; the U.S. team needs 10 wins to retain it.
Today is an off day for the America’s Cup before racing resumes on Tuesday with Race 5 and 6, scheduled to start at 1:15 pm PT and 2:15 pm PT.
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