ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL wins second AC World Series San Francisco

© ACEA 2012 / Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget


© ACEA 2012 / Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget


© ACEA 2012 / Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget


© ACEA 2012 / Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget




UPDATE 3: 1505 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL (Jimmy Spithill) rebounded from last place at the first turning mark of the “Super Sunday” fleet race finale to win the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco Championship.

Spithill and crew Dirk de Ridder, John Kostecki, Jono MacBeth and Joe Newton were “dead last” off the start line, but fought their way back through the fleet. They rounded the last windward gate first and held on for a 17-second win over teammates ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS (Russell Coutts). Spithill won 40 points for the race and totaled 79 points for the series. That put the crew in a tie with J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) for the series championship, which placed fourth in the final race.

Spithill won the championship based on the final race finishes. “The difference is the four guys on the front of the boat,” said Spithill, referencing his crew. “We were dead last off the start line but it didn’t faze these guys. We have a real team of fighters here. We’re really, really happy.”

UPDATE 2: 1330 hours

America’s Cup World Series San Francisco “Super Sunday” is live on NBC and the America’s Cup YouTube channel (subject to territorial restrictions) in the U.S. and globally. The broadcast will first show a replay of yesterday’s match racing championship, followed by a live broadcast of the final fleet race.

UPDATE 1: 1130 hours

Approximately two and a half hours to the start of the Super Sunday fleet race finale and the stories from yesterday’s action are still being discussed.

ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL won the match racing championship yesterday after a dramatic capsize in the first fleet race. Rounding the first reach mark in second, skipper Jimmy Spithill’s crew unfurled the gennaker in a 20-knot puff. The bows dug in and the sterns rose high into the air before the boat rolled over onto the port hull with the top of the wingsail hitting the water.

Spithill and crew were forced out of the race, but came back to place second in the second fleet race and then handily defeat Emirates Team New Zealand in the match racing championship.

Later last night it was revealed that ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL did all of that will a damaged wing.

“We broke most of the frames in the top of the wing,” Spithill said. “But, that’s the beauty of these boats – they’re very, very strong. You can continue racing even if you do have broken frames.”

In a story in the San Francisco Chronicle, Spithill said that bowman Jono MacBeth “gashed his finger badly and had blood going everywhere… That didn’t slow him down. It sped him up a little bit.” Wingsail trimmer Dirk de Ridder and headsail trimmer Joey Newton also went for a swim.

Catch the action today during the NBC broadcast beginning at 1:30 pm PDT, or on the America’s Cup YouTube channel.

ORIGINAL POST: 0800 hours

Welcome to “Super Sunday” and the final day of racing at America’s Cup World Series San Francisco.

Today’s racing will be broadcast live in the U.S. on the NBC Network and also on the America’s Cup YouTube channel beginning at 1:30 pm PDT. It will also be featured around the world, but subject to territorial restrictions.

After yesterday’s drama in the fleet racing, you won’t want to miss a minute of action. ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL capsized spectacularly at the first reach mark, with other boats altering course to avoid running them over.

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J.P. Morgan BAR heads into the race leading the standings with the high score of 63 points. Skipper Ben Ainslie and crew have all top-four finishes, including three bullets, and at times have looked unbeatable in opening an 11-point lead over second-placed Artemis Racing – White (Terry Hutchinson). Third-placed Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker) is 16 points behind.

Today’s final race features bonus points with the winner earning 40 points, second place 25 points and third place 20 points. So any of the top three would seem to have an opportunity to win, but they’ll also be relying on a (seemingly unlikely) slip up from J.P. Morgan BAR.

America's Cup Village Program - Sunday

10:00  America’s Cup Village opens
11:00  America’s Cup Morning Show
12:10  Fleet Week Air Show
13:30  Broadcast on NBC / YouTube / International Broadcasters begins
13:45  Team introductions / commentary
13:50  Super Sunday Fleet Race with live race commentary (until 14:30)
14:30  Fleet Week Air Show
16:30  America’s Cup World Series Prizegiving (after racing)
19:00  America’s Cup Village closes

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