America's Cup - Where is the USA in Team Oracle Team USA?
by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team on 13 Sep 2013
The answer could be - not in the back of the boat
San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America’s Cup - Final Match - Spithill, Slingsby and Ainslie - ORACLE Team USA ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/
America's Cup Race 5 Oracle Team USA - This is the afterguard on the American boat for race 5 in this 34th America's Cup series.
With John Kostecki gone, can you spot the American?
Well to save the embarrassment there is actually half of one.
It’s not Jimmy Spithill on the helm, who hails from Scotland Island Pittwater in Sydney Australia, it’s not Sir Ben Ainslie, who was born in Macclesfield, England.
Its Tom Slingsby, son of Seattle born Mavis and Australian sailor David Slingsby.
Mavis was working in Los Angeles and met a young Australia sailor David Slingsby who had delivered a yacht back to the US West Coast after a Kenwood Cup. The couple were married there but returned to Australia where Tom and his two elder sisters were born.
Tom has both USA and Australian passports, so yes there is some US representation in Fantasy Land.
And now to the racing...
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