SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts got it right. The staid old America’s Cup can be an adrenaline rush.

On the brink of an embarrassing blowout, Oracle Team USA hooked into a wild ride around San Francisco Bay at 40 mph that didn’t end until its fast, black catamaran had pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in sports.

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Down 8-1, Oracle won eight straight races to keep the America’s Cup in America and send Emirates Team New Zealand back Down Under to ponder its collapse.

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The biggest winner was probably the overall image of the oldest trophy in international sports, which has been swept fully into the 21st century thanks to thrilling boats and hot-shot sailors.

Says Ellison, the software billionaire: “I think a lot of people who were never interested in sailing suddenly got interested in sailing.”

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