Oracle Team USA wins the 34th America’s Cup with superior upwind speed.
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How’d we get here? Let’s review:
February 14, 2010 – Valentines Day
Oracle BMW Racing beats Alinghi in the waters off off Valencia, Spain, sailing the huge “Dogzilla” trimaran (average speed 18.5 kts)
August 14, 2011
Nine months later the wing-sail AC45s makes their debut in the inaugural race of the America’s Cup World Series, held in Cascais, Portugal. The ACWS travels to Plymouth, England, San Diego, Naples, Venice, Newport, Rhode Island, and San Francisco, before finishing in Naples in April of 2013. Along the way the following teams raced and fell by the wayside – Green Comm, China Team, Aleph, Team Korea, and Energy Team.
Artemis, Luna Rossa, and Emirates Team New Zealand survive because of secure funding, and make it to the Louis Vuitton Challenger’s Cup.
July 7, 2013
The Louis Vuitton Cup prelims start. Artemis misses most of the racing, sidelined while they work to redesign and build their second boat after the disastrous accident involving “Big Red”, in which Andrew Simpson was killed.
ETNZ beats Luna Rossa in the preliminary round, sending the Kiwis directly to the finals. Luna Rossa blanks Artemis, winning their best-of-seven series in four races (the only 4 races Artemis sails in their AC72).
The Kiwis beat Luna Rossa handily, winning the Louis Vuitton Cup.
September 7, 2013
The America’s Cup starts, and ETNZ rush to an 8-to-1 lead over Oracle.
It’s match point.
It’s match point times 8.
New Zealand is chilling the champagne. Everyone is preparing for the racing to be over.
Oracle then wins the next 8 races. In a row. Consecutively. One after the other. The Kiwis completely stall, and some folks are calling it the biggest comeback in the history of sailing, or maybe even sport.
Here’s to the next Cup!
Let’s see who wins!