America's Cup Defender claims race 12 to stay alive
by Irene Corosu on 20 Sep 2013
In the 34th America's Cup, with no margin for error, Oracle Team USA staved off elimination by winning Race 12 by 31 seconds.
19/09/13 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America’s Cup - Final Match - Day 9 © ACEA / Ricardo Pinto http://photo.americascup.com/
Team skipper Jimmy Spithill did a tremendous job in the pre-start, gaining a late hook to leeward of Emirates Team New Zealand about 20 seconds before the start and forcing the Kiwis to tack away to stay clear and avoid a foul.
Spithill took his crew onto the race course six seconds ahead of the Kiwis and then led wire-to-wire to force another race.
Emirates Team New Zealand leads the series 8-2 and needs one more point to win the America’s Cup. Oracle Team USA needs to win seven consecutive races to retain the trophy it won in 2010.
34th America’s Cup Standings
(first to nine points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
Oracle Team USA – Americas Cup