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Oracle Team USA Spithill bounce back to win AC World Series race over weekend

SAILING: Starting final the race in last position should have buried Oracle Team USA Spithill, but they bounced back in the fleet race finale to win the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco Championship last weekend.

Monday 8 October 2012, 11:14AM


Oracle Team USA Spithill as they near the finish line. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

Oracle Team USA Spithill as they near the finish line. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

The crew, headed by Jimmy Spithill, held on for a 17-second win over fellow American team Oracle Team USA Coutts after being the first team to round the last windward gate.

The crew is now tied with JP Morgan BAR, headed by Ben Ainslie, for the series championship, which placed fourth in the final race. The race netted Spithill 40 points, giving them 79 points for the series overall.

The crew capsized and broke frames in the wingsail during an earlier fleet race, but bounced back for the win.

"The different is the four guys on the front of the boat. We were dead last off the start line but it didn’t faze these guys,” Spithill said in a release, “We have a real team of fighters here." 

The crew had previously won the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco Championship back in August by only 1 point, previously the closest finish at an AC World Series event. The tiebreaker surpasses that mark.

The next leg in the AC World Series will take place next April 16 to 21 in Venice, Italy.

 

AC World Series San Francisco Fleet Racing Championship (After 7 of 7 races)

1. ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL (Jimmy Spithill) 8-1-6-5-DNF-2-1 – 79

2. J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) 1-3-1-2-4-1-4 – 79 points

3. Artemis Racing – White (Terry Hutchinson) 10-2-2-1-3-3-3 – 72

4. Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker) 2-8-5-6-1-4-7 – 57

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5. Oracle Team USA Coutts (Russell Coutts) 3-5-8-7-8-10-2 – 56

6. Artemis Racing – Red (Nathan Outteridge) 4-4-4-4-9-8-5 – 52

7. Energy Team (Loick Peyron) 6-7-7-3-6-7-6 – 47

8. Team Korea (Peter Burling) 5-9-10-8-2-5-10 – 40

9. Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper) 9-6-3-10-10-6-9 – 36

10. China Team (Phil Robertson) 7-10-11-9-5-11-8 – 28

11. Luna Rossa Swordfish (Iker Martinez) 11-11-9-11-7-9-11 – 20

(Scoring, Races 1-6: 1st = 12 points, 2nd = 10, 3rd = 9, 4th = 8, 5th = 7, 6th = 6, 7th = 5, 8th = 4, 9th = 3, 10th = 2, 11th = 1; Race 7: 1st = 40 points, 2nd = 25, 3rd = 20, 4th = 16, 5th = 13, 6th = 11, 7th = 10, 8th = 9, 9th = 8, 10th = 7, 11th = 6)

 

AC World Series San Francisco Match Racing Championship

1. ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL, 2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 3. Artemis Racing – White, 4. Artemis Racing – Red, 5. Oracle Team USA Coutts, 6. Energy Team, 7. J.P. Morgan BAR, 8. Team Korea, 9. China Team, 10. Luna Rossa Piranha, 11. Luna Rossa Swordfish

 

 

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