America’s Cup 2013

The American team on the Oracle wins the Cup today, over New Zealand! The 34th America’s Cup was a series of boat races held on San Francisco Bay between the defender Oracle Team USA representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, and the challenger Emirates Team New Zealand representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Oracle Team USA defended the America’s Cup by a score of 9 to 8. Oracle had to win the last eight races to come from behind to once again lift the oldest trophy in international sport. Team New Zealand won the right to challenge for the Cup by winning the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup. The 34th America’s Cup was the longest ever Cup by both number of days and races, and the first to feature a “winner takes all” final race since the 25th America’s Cup.

I saw two of the races won by Oracle Team this past weekend, as they made their way from behind. The speed of these extremely sophisticated boats was remarkable to witness. And the backdrop of Alcatraz Island added an interesting dimension to the race course. Congratulations to Oracle Team USA !

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