Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring AC72

Oracle Team USA begins defense of America’s Cup

by Oracle Team USA on 8 Sep 2013
Oracle team USA in action Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA © http://www.oracleteamusamedia.com/
Years of preparation culminate when Oracle team USA begins its defense of the 34th America’s Cup. The team will face Emirates Team New Zealand on Saturday, September 7, on San Francisco Bay in the first two races of the Finals. Race 1 begins at 1:15 pm PT, with race 2 following at 2:15 pm PT.

'We’ve got one thing to focus on, and that’s the racing,' said skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill. 'To win this trophy, it is one of the hardest things you’ll do in your life. But, it is so rewarding. When you coordinate such a big team together and it all works, it’s hard to put words to it.'

On Tuesday, Oracle team USA’s 11-member crew was unveiled, and yesterday Spithill announced they would be racing on the team’s second boat.

After winning the 33rd America’s Cup, Oracle team USA elected to bring the event to San Francisco Bay, the place tactician John Kostecki calls home.

'There’s no doubt about it, it’s fantastic to have this America’s Cup here on the water where I grew up sailing,' Kostecki said. 'When we won this trophy three years ago, it was a dream come true for me, and when the team chose San Francisco, it was incredible.

'Now it’s time to race and it’s actually happening here in San Francisco,' Kostecki continued. 'As we all know, and as we’ve seen in the Louis Vuitton Cup, it’s an incredible venue with great sea breezes, tricky course conditions, with different currents that are changing every day and winds that are changing every day. You can view the race course from all over the Bay Area. So, personally, I think it’s one of the best venues in the world for this event and we’re all looking forward to getting out there, putting on a good show, and hopefully winning a sailboat race.'

Rounding out the race crew are: grinder Shannon Falcone, grinder Rome Kirby, wing trimmer Kyle Langford, grinder Jonathan Macbeth, jib trimmer Joe Newton, grinder Gilberto Nobili, grinder/strategist Tom Slingsby, grinder Joe Spooner and grinder Simeon Tienpont.

'The entire team is focused on racing,' said general manager Grant Simmer. 'The 130 members of Oracle team USA – sailors, boat builders, designers, technical support and business administration – stand behind the 11 men on the water.'

The winner of the 34th America’s Cup will be the first team to capture nine points. For Oracle team USA, it means winning 11 races due to a penalty assessed by the Jury, where Emireates Team New Zealand will need to win nine races.

'We don’t shy away from a challenge or a fight – we’re ready to get out there,' Spithill said. 'We can win the America’s Cup – that’s our plan. I think we’ve got the team to do it, we’ve got a fantastic boat – and that’s exactly what we’re going to do come this Saturday. We’re going to get out there and give everything we can.'

In the U.S., the America’s Cup Finals will be broadcast live on NBC and NBC Sports Network. Racing on Saturday and Sunday will be live nationally on NBC from 1:00 -3:00 pm PT. Internationally, the match can be viewed in more than 170 territories. Live racing and replays can also be viewed on the America’s Cup YouTube channel (subject to territorial Oracle Team

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
T Clewring One DesignNaiadSchaefer 2016 660x82