Oracle Team USA
If America’s Cup challengers are to get on the same tack as defending champion Oracle Team USA heading into the next regatta, they’ll do so without Emirates Team New Zealand — at least for the time being.
America’s Cup officials have reduced the prospective venues for the next regatta from four to three, and it appears San Francisco has been eliminated.
America’s Cup sailor Dirk de Ridder has been suspended from sanctioned events for five years by sailing’s international governing body, two people with knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.
Port commissioners have voted unanimously to submit a bid to host the next America’s Cup on San Diego Bay in August 2017.
The chance to win a third straight America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA was a bigger allure to skipper Jimmy Spithill than taking a big-money offer from a foreign challenger.
In a strong sign that the America’s Cup could return to San Francisco in 2017, Mayor Ed Lee has proposed to regatta organizers that Piers 27-29 serve as the main venue again and host the team bases.
Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker says “the vultures are already circling” the defeated America’s Cup challenger and that the team will likely fold unless action is taken to secure its future.
Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts got it right. The staid old America’s Cup can be an adrenaline rush.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill accelerated his 72-foot catamaran off the starting line and steered defending champion Oracle Team USA to its fifth straight win against Emirates Team New Zealand on Monday to stay alive in the America’s Cup.
Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA were masterful in light air Sunday on San Francisco Bay, winning two races against Emirates Team New Zealand to stay alive in the America’s Cup.
Oracle Team USA’s heart-stopping victory in Race 4 of the America’s Cup may have saved the event as well as the syndicate’s chances to retain the oldest trophy in international sports.
Hours after being hit with the harshest penalties in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup, skipper Jimmy Spithill defiantly declared defending champion Oracle Team USA to be an underdog that “will come out fighting” against Emirates Team New Zealand starting Saturday.
An international jury has begun hearings into what could be one of the biggest scandals in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup.