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Oracle makes a comeback! Team USA wins the 34th America's Cup..
Daily Mail UK ^ | September 25, 2013 | Reuters Reporter

Posted on 09/25/2013 2:31:01 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA won the 34th America's Cup today in one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San Francisco Bay to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States.

All but defeated a week ago, the 34-year-old Australian and his international crew twice rallied from seven-point deficits to win 9-8 Wednesday.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: americas; cup; oracle; sailing; usa
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Congratulations, USA!
1 posted on 09/25/2013 2:31:01 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Well done!!


2 posted on 09/25/2013 2:31:58 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Congratulations, Mr. Ellison! Now it’s time to get back to manage your company, which has been flagging somewhat of late.


3 posted on 09/25/2013 2:32:47 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: CivilWarBrewing

WE WON!!!!

WE WON!!!!

WE WON!!!!

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

Greatest comeback in the history of sports!!!

Never seen anyone come back from behind like this and take it all!!!

The official score is Oracle 9-8 but, the real story is they won by 3!!!

After being penalized by two races Oracle’s actual win is 11-8!!!

And! They scored a new world record for completing the race today.

Just Amazing!!!


4 posted on 09/25/2013 2:33:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

And nary a mention of what “sport” this might be.

Let me guess:

Kickball?


5 posted on 09/25/2013 2:35:25 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Very exciting comeback.....Award Ceremony at 3pm Pacific; 6pm East Coast......on NBC Sports ch. 90 on FIOS..

They never gave up and kept fine tuning & finding ways to ‘lighten the Oracle’......HOOOOORAY!


6 posted on 09/25/2013 2:35:48 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: CivilWarBrewing

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/heyho.wav


7 posted on 09/25/2013 2:36:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

So cheaters do prosper!


8 posted on 09/25/2013 2:36:23 PM PDT by FatherofFive (MIslam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: humblegunner

“America’s Cup”

Must be something to do with brassieres.


9 posted on 09/25/2013 2:37:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Oracle? Well, at least their boat is fast...


10 posted on 09/25/2013 2:37:42 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (NO MORE IRS!)
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To: BenLurkin
Here you go:


11 posted on 09/25/2013 2:39:34 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Great boat, great teem!


12 posted on 09/25/2013 2:39:47 PM PDT by Bogie
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To: CivilWarBrewing

INCREDIBLE COMEBACK!

CongratS USA


13 posted on 09/25/2013 2:41:04 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: humblegunner
Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San Francisco Bay to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States.

An analysis of the above would lead the casual observer to conclude that this was a boat race. Key words: catamaran, San Francisco Bay.

14 posted on 09/25/2013 2:43:27 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: humblegunner

15 posted on 09/25/2013 2:44:21 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: BenLurkin

Abbreviated as A Cup. :^)

It was a fantastic series.
I was bitchin’ about these boats compared to monohulls but seeing a 72 ft. catamaran doing 46 mph downwind.. just WOW!!!

Coming back from 8- 1 , amazing.

These races are on Youtube if you’re interested.


16 posted on 09/25/2013 2:45:12 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vendome

In 1964 I was learning to steer{?) a friend’s boat in Edgartown Harbor and almost ran into an America’s Cup vessel that was moored there. They were visiting.

I quit my boating life that day.

.


17 posted on 09/25/2013 2:46:27 PM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art ot being easily offended.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Bush’s fault!


18 posted on 09/25/2013 2:46:59 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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To: FatherofFive

Larry put the fix in.


19 posted on 09/25/2013 2:48:04 PM PDT by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: humblegunner

It’s the America’s Cup, old chap.

Me thinks you haven’t been down to the yacht club lately.


20 posted on 09/25/2013 2:48:44 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Vendome
Team USA in name only

the 34-year-old Australian and his international crew

Ellison and his team led by New Zealander Russell Coutts, who was responsible for the Kiwi's Cup victories in 1995 and 2000, developed a new type of sailing event featuring the super-fast boats, state-of-the-art television coverage and scenic viewing areas along San Francisco Bay, all aimed at making sailing appealing to a wide audience.

It replaced its tactician with Olympic champion Ben Ainslie, made changes to its boat that gave it more upwind speed and showed vastly improved tacking and teamwork as the racing progressed.

21 posted on 09/25/2013 2:50:26 PM PDT by kabar
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To: CivilWarBrewing

What were the penalties for? Never heard except something happened last year.
Illegal equipment?
Illegal alien crew? Naw that would be celebrated.


22 posted on 09/25/2013 2:50:52 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: telstar12.5

Was Larry sandbagging at the beginning, or did it just take them a while to get their stuff together?


23 posted on 09/25/2013 2:52:05 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Vinnie
Only one American on the crew and he was a dual national. The Team USA crew was primarily composed of Australians and New Zealanders, sprinkled with a Dutchman, Italian, Brit, and Canadian
24 posted on 09/25/2013 3:02:14 PM PDT by kabar
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To: CivilWarBrewing

I would check the odds, movement of money and guess to say the fix was on .... remember Riggs and lesbian?


25 posted on 09/25/2013 3:10:28 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Excessive numbers of coincidences are known as patterns.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing
Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran

Am I the only one who is no longer impressed with "space-age"? It's been 56 years since Sputnik was launched, so we are further from the beginning of the space-age than the difference from the start of the "aircraft-age" in 1903 to Sputnik.

26 posted on 09/25/2013 3:12:04 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Why is our military going to be used as Al Qaeda's air force in Syria?)
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To: kabar

That wasn’t the goal.

The goal was to hold the cup and then they can make nationality requirements, which New Zealand had already indicated they would require if they won.

And you could make the same argument about them. Their boat was largely financed by the UAE.

This story is a tale of two comebacks however.

Golden Gate Yacht Club and the most incredible win in the history of sports.

You can google the back story of the first to get the incredibl tale, which ties in so nicely with this win, that it too will be discussed as a part of the history of this phenomenal race.


27 posted on 09/25/2013 3:15:16 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: humblegunner

I say, old boy...yachting..not a great life, but a good one.


28 posted on 09/25/2013 3:17:27 PM PDT by americas.best.days... ( I think we can now say that they are behind us.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Comeback of the century. Really.


29 posted on 09/25/2013 3:23:53 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Vendome
That wasn’t the goal. The goal was to hold the cup and then they can make nationality requirements, which New Zealand had already indicated they would require if they won. And you could make the same argument about them. Their boat was largely financed by the UAE.

This race has become the province of very rich people who assemble international teams to win a cup that has lost its meaning. The New Zealand team may have received funding from the UAE, but its sailing crew was almost exclusively from New Zealand. Barker, the skipper, was from New Zealand. So was Ray Davies the tactician.

So Ellison with his all-star international crew and two yachts that were constructed so they could run against one another beat a team from New Zealand. It was the world against New Zealand and New Zealand almost won. It was a hollow victory for me and not worth the celebration. This was not Team USA anymore than it was Team UAE.

30 posted on 09/25/2013 3:28:17 PM PDT by kabar
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Way to go USA! The Aussies we hired beat the Kiwis.


31 posted on 09/25/2013 3:32:01 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Mears

I was on the Wind Spirit in 2006. A friend rented it for 134 friends and family.

It is one of the largest 5 masted ships in the world.

On our 1st night at sea we were in 12 foot seas, into the wind and a bunch of us drunk snowboarders went to the bow and played a game called planking.

That is; you put your feet together, facing the bow and stand as long as you can.

I don’t any of us snow boarders, in particular, those who had boating experience fell.

Freaking heelarryUs!

On our stop over in St Maarten we rented the two 12 meters from AC 1986.

I was told I would be on the Canadian ship and refused to get in.

I wanted on Stars and Stripes...period.

One of the gals graciously gave up her role on S&S and went to Canaduh.

HELL YEAH!!!

I was on a ship with nothing but jocks, some college age. Some had sailing experience and some on the same boat.

No way were gonna lose and we didn’t.

Wasn’t even close the 1st time.

The second race, our skipper thought it sporting if we tacked a bit more and maybe didn’t catch so much wind.

“Sure” we all agreed. Not like we’re gonna lose.

Well, we sucked right off our first gate and our friends were sailing away.

Must have some competitive thing in all of us as we yelled “We have to win!” Over and over.

Our skipper said “all right but, it’s hard work from here!”

“DO IT!!!” We yelled.

So he starts barking out orders and we are all grunting. Next I know we are on the side, laying over. I slap my head toward the water hoping to at least brush it.

I’m on jibe and can’t let go and my buddy across from me is giving it everything he has.

I’ll never forget the excileration as we sped past Canadub and then the aft of The Wind Spirit. All our friends we on deck and cheering us on.

Result? More yelling “Faster!!!!”

We tacked starboard and this great ship, Stars and Stripes, took off.

We were all laughing.

By the time we tied up, we were still waiting for Canada.

Learned later that if it’s all Americans racing each other then Stars and Stripes always wins.

One of my most memorable times ever.


32 posted on 09/25/2013 3:45:33 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: FatherofFive

Hell Yeah!

They took the penalty for doing and could have lost.

The real score is 11-8.

Amazing!


33 posted on 09/25/2013 3:55:57 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Mears

Dang!!


34 posted on 09/25/2013 4:12:05 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: humblegunner

And nary a mention of what “sport” this might be.

Let me guess:

Kickball?


I personally could not care less who won, but those are really cool boats.


35 posted on 09/25/2013 4:17:51 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Am I the only one who is no longer impressed with “space-age”?


Me too. Now, if they had said “Nano-tech age” that would have been different.


36 posted on 09/25/2013 4:20:43 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Freaking unbelievable!!! I only saw some of the early action on TV, when the NZ boat was trouncing the US boat and was way ahead. Everybody was pronouncing the contest essentially over.


37 posted on 09/25/2013 4:21:08 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: cuban leaf; KarlInOhio

Would be happier with Triremes or the Kon Tiki? /S

LOL!!! Jest Keedean!

Pretty sure the next race won’t have anything like the size of the boats and teams this one required.

Everyone is talking about making the race more accessible.

So the costs for the boats and teams will need to come down.


38 posted on 09/25/2013 4:26:41 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: smokingfrog; humblegunner

Methinks humblegunner doesn’t get out much at all.


39 posted on 09/25/2013 4:36:27 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Vendome

NO WE DIDN’T.

AN AUSSIE SKIPPER WITH 13 OTHER FOREIGNERS PLUS ONE TOKEN AMERICAN WON.

This competition will never be real until they return to the boats ( hopefully real boats, not video game escapees) and the crews being from the country they supposedly represent.

That being said, it was an incredible never say die feat by a thoroughly professional crew. Congratulations.

I just wish it had been a victory for USA too.


40 posted on 09/25/2013 4:53:26 PM PDT by slorunner
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To: slorunner

bump


41 posted on 09/25/2013 4:58:29 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Well done, Sir Ben Ainslie! Such a winner.


42 posted on 09/25/2013 5:58:52 PM PDT by everydayislikesunday
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To: 1rudeboy; humblegunner

Only for drinkin’ shootin’ eatin’ and heavy metal concerts.
(not necessarily all at the same time)


43 posted on 09/25/2013 6:05:27 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Doogle

Cool boat


44 posted on 09/25/2013 6:07:05 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: smokingfrog

Just not readin’, right?


45 posted on 09/25/2013 6:08:26 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

winner


46 posted on 09/25/2013 6:08:26 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: everydayislikesunday

A bunch of foreigners funded by an international corporation is “TEAM USA”?


47 posted on 09/25/2013 6:33:08 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: 1rudeboy

He reads real good.


48 posted on 09/25/2013 6:45:16 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: slorunner
I really don't see much point in having (reinstating, see below) nationality requirements; that horse left the barn decades ago. Consider the sailing teams like any good EPL team - does anyone really care that Manchester United's, Man City's, Liverpool's or Arsenal's, et al, best players aren't UK? Or not even European.

Up until probably the mid-80s, there were very stringent AC requirements about everything relating to the boat being from the defender's & challenger's country - design, tank-testing facilities, build, spars, sails, crew. Everything. When Australia II won the Cup in 1983 there was some evidence that the famous winged-keel wasn't 100% Ozzie in design. Caused quite a bit of a ruckus but nothing could be proven - point being the restrictions were in place at least until then.

Many thought that the restrictions gave the US / NYYC too much of an advantage, especially in sails. While there were good sailmakers around the world when the Cup started up again with 12 Meters, we had the lock on sail cloth - Ted Hood's Dacron cloth was far superior to any competitor's anywhere. Hood Sails ruled the world, but weren't available to AC Challengers.

The game has gone from ~95% amateur back in the 60's to100% professional now. Too late to put the genie back in the bottle, nor is there a need to, imho.

49 posted on 09/25/2013 7:23:35 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: KarlInOhio

You’re not implying that “space age” is cliché?


50 posted on 09/25/2013 7:34:13 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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