Emirates Team New Zealand won the 35th America’s Cup
America’s Race Nine Report
Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill and his team went out to Bermuda’s Great Sound race course in a familiar but uncomfortable position – staring down multiple match points in the America’s Cup Match. Winds were stronger in the morning, forecast to ease over the course of the afternoon, but the timing would be critical. If the wind didn’t ease in time, the boat would have too much drag and not enough speed. The wind was near 10 knots when skipper Jimmy Spithill pulled the trigger on the startline perfectly on this prestart, gapped off to windward and hitting the line with speed. Oracle Team USA won the start and led at the first mark, but the Kiwis made a pass on the first downwind leg and covered closely from there to win the race and claim the America’s Cup by a 7-1 scoreline. Oracle Team USA offers its sincere congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand. The team is a worthy champion.
‘On behalf of Oracle Team USA I want to congratulate Emirates Team New Zealand,’ said skipper Jimmy Spithill. ‘They were the complete package and fully deserving of the win’. Team founder Larry Ellison addressed the team after racing, saying: ‘I am very proud to be a part of this team. We gave it everything. When you compete against the very best in the world, you aren’t going to win every time. We did it Valencia in 2010 and in San Francisco in 2013. But this was New Zealand’s time and we congratulate them for a great win.’