- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:46
- Written by Carlo Caraluzzo
29 August, 2012
It was all jubilation at San Francisco Bay as the crowd cheered ORACLE TEAM USA upon clinching two titles of the Americas Cup World Series Championship.
Russell Coutts, a four time America’s Cup winner, set the pace for the day when he beat his teammate Jimmy Spithill. The race was filled with excitement with the two contestants interchanging the lead thrice. Coutts emerged the victor by a second as the boats bolted across the finish line at speeds exceeding 20 Knots.
Barely 40 minutes later and spithill was once again in the fleet race competing against Nathan Outteridge of Team Korea. Spithill’s chance for a win increased when Outteridge got penalized and was forced to slow down by the umpires. Though he finished second, Spithill overall aggregate earned him a one-point victory.
During an interview, Spithill praised his team’s resilience that saw the crew win repeatedly. He felt proud of Oracle Team USA clinching of the overall championship as well as the match and fleet categories.
According to Edwin M. Lee, the AC World Series event, which was being held for the first time in San Francisco, proved to be a huge success. Edwin, who is the mayor, presided over the prize giving ceremony for the crews in the match racing and fleet categories. The mayor thanked all the participating teams and expressed enthusiasm in anticipation to the second event of the series, which will take part between 2nd 7 October 2012. He was also thankful to the facilitators of the event for the well-executed event.
According to local officials, about 150,000 people visited the AC Village as the event took place. In addition, it was notable that tickets for the seating areas sold out each day. According to Regatta Lain director, Lain Murray, the spectator turnout was gigantic.
The response was echoed by Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the 34th America’s Cup. According to Stephen, the positive public response was awesome for the first ever event in San Francisco that sought to test racing on the Bay.
The bay front afforded the fans a spectacular chance with them standing within reaching distance of the shoreline. This allowed them to hear the sailors exchanging tactical information in return for the clamor. The spectacle continued to the finale with champions being determined by mere seconds.
Russell Coutts won his second consecutive match racing title. He won his first title in Newport during the 2011-2012 racing season that ended in July. Coutts, who is the CEO of the Oracle Team USA, was over himself with the joy of entering both of his teams into the match racing finals. He felt motivated by the fans response, which was a true show of fun and emphasized that fun was the overall aim of the event.
Chris Draper of Luna Rossa Piranha was crowned the winner of the fleet race after he prevailed against Spithill by a mere 3 seconds. Draper did not disappoint with his solid start and stability throughout the course. At one point, his crew had a 200-meter clearing and almost lost it when the boat nearly capsized at the finish line. They were in luck as the wingsail eased just in time to stabilize the boat before the finish gun fired.
Chris noted exemplary performance by contestants who have been racing with speedboats all their life. He quoted Nathan and Yann (his counterparts in Energy team) and Jimmy as having done well. However, he emphasized that everyone else was going to improve and thus averted complacency in preparation for the October event.
The event scheduled between second and 7 October will be one of the largest annual events in San Francisco. ACWS fleet will share the Bay with naval ships of the pacific fleet.