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America´s Cup: Oracle Capsizes and Still Places Second

10october2012americascupfinals10 October, 2012, San Francisco: The America´s Cup World Series is known for dramatic moments and fantastic finishes and the Oracle team has had its ups and downs throughout this series. The day started full of promise for Jimmy Spithill and his crew but the first turn of the days racing off San Francisco´s North Shore the Oracle boat first pitch poled and then capsized on the first turn of Saturday´s race. The seeming disaster for the Blue Angels however turned into a stunning save as his team rallied to come in second place for the day.

The spill could have easily turned into a complete disaster had the team not come together despite the odds. Spithill was quoted later as saying that all he could think of as the boat rolled was where he was going to hold on. But the team held on, righted the boat and even went on to beat the Emirates Team New Zealand. The entire series however has been completely dominated by American and New Zealand teams. Two of the races have been won so far by Dean Barker´s New Zealand team and Ben Ainslie´s J.P. Morgan BAR has wrapped up three victories. This gives Ainslie and 11 point advantage over Terry Hutchinson’s Artemis Racing White with only one race to go. The problem for Ainslie is that the final race awards 40 points and this leaves not just Hutchinson´s team as a threat but several other teams as well.

But the finals yesterday demonstrated the resiliency of the Oracle team. While the race itself was won by Chris Draper by three points, Spithill was able to get a penalty assessed against Team Korea and claw into a second place finish. The team actually finished with a double victory because Russell Coutts won the racing championship earlier in the day.