don’t give up the cup

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).

photo via America's Cup, by Gilles Martin-Raget

photo via America’s Cup, by Gilles Martin-Raget

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.

 

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3 Responses to “don’t give up the cup”


  1. 1 Ol' Philosophizer September 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    We just returned from 2 weeks in Windsor UK, staying at a B&B owned by two Kiwis. Being big into New Zealand athletics (the husband has been referred to as “the best number 8” in New Zealand rugby annals), the last week has been very trying for them. Though I should be glad that an American boat won, I have to admit that this news saddens me. Oh, well. I guess that’s the beauty of sports – it’s never over ’til it’s over, and then after it’s over, there’s always another contest some way down the road.

  2. 3 Ol' Philosophizer September 26, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Well said, and very nice gesture, Thad. I will send this link to our friends in Windsor, for, after being guests in their establishment for 5 years, we consider them to be more friends than innkeepers. I’m sure that after several pints of the local cask ales, the bitter taste of “what might have been” will be washed away, and the last pint will be hoisted in toast of the victorious American boat.


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