It was a spectacular win yesterday by Oracle Team USA over Emirates Team New Zealand. Local racing fans were delighted to watch the home team win, coming down to the wire, a winner-take-all-race for the 34th America’s Cup.
Early in racing Oracle Team USA was penalized by two points, requiring them to win 11 races instead of 9 to secure the America’s Cup victory. It looked as if Emirates New Zealand would easily win as of last Wednesday, September 18, until Oracle Team USA began their comeback. The improbable winning streak started at 8 – 1 favoring New Zealand. Oracle Team USA stealthily began winning by mere seconds.
Under Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Tactician Ben Ainslie the team went on to win 8 consecutive races to successfully defend the America’s Cup trophy. This was only the third time in the 162-year history that it has come down to a winner-take-all-race.
Fans watching from shore cheered on their favorite team. Applause erupted when Oracle Team USA crossed the finish line depicting an American flag for television viewers. The team celebrated with Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, the official sparkling wine of the 34th America’s Cup.
Improved technology allowed audiences to easily follow the races on either network television or via youtube. The AC72’s are the fastest boats in the America’s Cup, during Race 19 they reached speeds of up to 45 knots. Over a million spectators watched the races from various vantage points along the course since the start of racing on July 4.
As the winner of the America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA will choose the location for the 35th America’s Cup. The America’s Cup is the oldest sporting event and trophy in the world at 162 years old.
About the Author: Karla is a LEED Accredited Professional and the author of several travel columns covering wine, food, horse racing, and exotic car events, as well as undiscovered travel locations. Discover more from over 400 travel articles of places to explore.
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