Published: September 25, 2013
Rejoicing at Oracle, U.S.A. Team Retains America's Cup
By John McCormick
Race 19, 34th America's Cup Series
The comeback kids of all time in America's Cup history, Oracle won today and takes the cup.
At the beginning of the series the New Zealand team definitely took the Oracle team back to school, but Oracle has proven they know how to cram for a critical test.
After the most exciting (and longest) America's Cup race series in history today's race in San Francisco bay determined whether the U.S. team would retain custody of the cup or if it would, once again, head to another country.
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It finally came down to a single winner take all race with both teams tied at 8 points with only 9 needed to take the cup. Race 19, 34th America's Cup Series.
After an absolutely amazing series in which the Oracle U.S.A. team went from keelhauled bloody mass to the biggest comeback kids in Cup History, the teams are all tied up at 8 points each in a 9 point series so the next race winner takes the cup.
Still just one New Zealand win from seeing the cup leave the U.S., Oracle is once again struggling to win and get one race closer to the 9 wins needed to take the cup.
Given the good wind conditions many watchers expected this to be the final two races of the 2013 America's Cup and the Emirates N.Z. team won race 11 but was unable to sew up the Cup.
Once again wind conditions are likely to delay the races.
Wind continued to increase and the next race looked like it would be delayed until Wednesday but dropped suddenly just before the start.