As we head into 2017 and the 35th America’s Cup, we thought this would be a good time to look back at what happened in 2013, the year of the 34th America’s Cup and one of the greatest sports stories of all time.
After all, that epic duel in foiling catamarans set the stage for the current America’s Cup.
On 18th September 2013 Emirates Team New Zealand moved into a seemingly unassailable 8-1 lead against ORACLE TEAM USA in the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton in San Francisco, USA, a series of match races that would be won by the first team to nine points.
Spirits in the US camp could have sunk. Just one more win for the Kiwis and the America’s Cup would be heading back down to New Zealand, but Jimmy Spithill and his crew never thought for a single second that the fight was done. They lined up again the next day, the 19th September, and suddenly the fightback started. 8-2.
8-3 on the 20th, 8-4 and 8-5 on the 22nd, and then 8-6 on the 23rd. By this point people around the world who had never watched sailing were gripped by the story unfolding on the west coast of the USA as the battle on the waters of San Francisco Bay started to transcend the sport of sailing. This was truly epic, two teams, incredibly closely matched in terms of performance, experience and abilities, with the smallest of margins counting for all that mattered in each race, and then suddenly, with two races on the 24th September, it was 8-8.
ORACLE TEAM USA had won seven consecutive races and it would all came down to the final head to head on September 25th.
A thrilling battle ensued, Emirates Team New Zealand seizing the early advantage, but Jimmy Spithill and the ORACLE TEAM USA boys fought back, and finally, after 19 races, they crossed the line first, retaining the America’s Cup 9-8.
The news of this incredible fightback rang around the world, and race replays can now be seen online, but for now, it is one of our highlights to look back on, so enjoy this incredible moment as part of our highlights package.