today was the final (19th!) race of the 34th America’s Cup, a winner-take-all race between the defender, Oracle Team USA and the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).
in what might be the biggest comeback in sporting history, the Oracle Team USA won 7 straight races over the past couple weeks, to erase an 8-1 deficit, and send the two teams into the deciding race today.
and Oracle Team USA was able to pull off an 8th straight victory, thus keeping the America’s Cup and sending the Kiwi’s home. it was an amazing series of races – the AC72 boats when they get up on their hydrofoils are just an engineering miracle – flying at 45 to 50 mph across the water!
the race highlights aren’t available yet for race 19, but for a taste of what this racing was all about, watch these highlights from races 17 and 18.