Three years ago today, on February 14, 2010, BMW ORACLE Racing defeated Alinghi on the waters off Valencia, Spain to win the 33rd America's Cup Match.
With the victory, the team, led by team owner Larry Ellison, brought the America's Cup to San Francisco.
History shows BMW ORACLE Racing won the match 2-0, but the result was far from a sure thing.
"We were uncertain about it right up until the end," said team CEO Russell Coutts, reflecting on the win three years later. "It only would have taken one mistake or mechanical failure and that would have been the end of it..."
"We didn't really know what would happen," agreed Jimmy Spithill, who became the youngest skipper to win the America's Cup on that day. "We were very underprepared. We'd never sailed the racecourse as we kept having issues and problems with the boat and I think both teams were underprepared on the racing standpoint because you couldn't practice race.
"Those two race days were the only two days we didn't have a problem on the water. Every other day leading up to that race we had an issue on the water, so until we crossed the finish line, all bets were off.
"It was a monumental challenge to take on what we did," Spithill said. "It took a huge effort from the shore and support team to keep the boat running. It was relentless and never-ending.
"The biggest satisfaction was when we got back to the dock and got to see all of the team. That was the most rewarding part. The fact that Larry was racing with us on the boat after the huge commitment he'd made to the team. Sharing that moment with the full team was the highlight."
The giant trimaran the team used to win the 33rd America's Cup now stands on sentry duty at the entrance of the ORACLE TEAM USA base in San Francisco, where the team is preparing to defend the Cup in September.