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AC World Series Newport - Oracle Team USA Spithill claim 2012 title

'America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA'    ACEA / Gilles Martin-Raget ©

In the America’s Cup World Series, Newport proved to be a statement event for the US defender of the America’s Cup as Oracle Team USA was prominent in all areas of the leaderboard. Jimmy Spithill’s team earned the overall 2011-12 AC World Series Championship with a strong second place finishes in both the match racing and fleet racing in Newport. Spithill also claimed the overall season Fleet Racing Championship while Sweden’s Artemis Racing won the inaugural season’s Match Racing Championship.

'Consistency had been the key,' Spithill said moments before he was handed the newly commissioned AC World Series trophy. 'We were the last team to arrive here, but we came out and performed under pressure. For us it was very satisfying to see us step up and the other guys fall back when the pressure came on.'

His veteran stable-mate very nearly stole the day in front of a capacity crowd of spectators at Fort Adams. Russell Coutts won the Newport Match Racing Championship over Spithill and almost took out the fleet race as well, but was denied that honor by Chris Draper’s Luna Rossa Piranha team, who took advantage of a penalty to the Coutts team to grab a lead they would extend to the finish, to grab the Newport Fleet Racing Championship. Coutts was under intense pressure in the latter stages of the race from the Italian Swordfish team, but just held on for second place.

America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  

'Today just happened to work out for us. We got some nice breaks, but I wouldn’t give us too much credit for it,' Coutts said. 'As a team, we’re really happy. Jimmy and his guys won the World Series and that’s what we came here to do… We’re always out there to win, we’re not there to just sail around the buoys - we want to win.'

For Chris Draper, the fleet racing win was a nice turn around after a difficult week: 'We’ve had a tough week, the team’s been pretty down, but I’m pleased that both boats did well today. We needed that result to prove to ourselves that we could do it, so we’re happy.'

Terry Hutchinson’s Artemis Racing placed fourth in the Newport Match Racing Championship this week, which earned his team enough points to win the Match Racing title for the season.

'It’s a nice milestone for the team,' Hutchinson said, his mood tempered somewhat by a poor fleet race on Sunday. 'But I think we have a lot of work to do. There are a lot of areas we can do better. But we have 14 months to do it and we’re looking forward to the challenge.'

America’s Cup World Series Trophy -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  
The Newport event marks the end of the first season of AC World Series racing and follows previous events in Cascais (POR), Plymouth (UK), San Diego (USA), Naples and Venice (ITA). Regatta Director Iain Murray and his team have conducted 130 races over 30 days of racing in the six international venues. Over the time, only one day of races has been postponed due to weather.

Racing will start anew next month with the 2012-13 AC World Series in San Francisco from August 21-26. The new Ben Ainslie Racing will join the circuit as it comes to the host city of the 34th America’s Cup.

Loïck Peyron, skipper, Energy Team, reflection on the season: 'After six events and almost one year of racing, we need to improve still in our match racing, but in the fleet racing we are happy to be third overall for the season, which is good. Now, we look forward to the racing in San Francisco in August and October.'

Dean Barker, skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand, on a tough day: 'We had a nice start and we’re second at the first mark and then we just blew it. We made a couple of mistakes and fell back to fifth or sixth and from there it was very difficult to fight our way back through.'

Nathan Outteridge, skipper, Team Korea, on his team’s performance: 'We didn’t have an ideal start, but we kept moving forward and on the last leg upwind we really nailed it and made up some places. I think we’ve performed better than we were initially hoping. This week I think we sailed the best we’ve sailed the whole time. So we’re really looking forward to San Francisco.'

2011-12 AC World Series Overall Championship Leaderboard:

(Team, Match Racing Points, Fleet Racing Points, Total Points)
1. Oralce Team USA Spithill…47 – 55 – 102 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand…41 – 52 – 93 points
3. Artemis Racing…50 – 32 – 82 points
4. Energy Team…38 – 36 – 74 points
5. Oracle Team USA Coutts…39 – 29 – 68 points
6. Team Korea…33 – 33 – 66 points
7. Luna Rossa Piranha…26 – 26 – 52 points
8. Luna Rossa Swordfish…15 – 16 – 31 points
9. China Team…15 – 16 – 31 points

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America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  

America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  

America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  

America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  

America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  

America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  

America’s Cup World Series 2011-12 winner Oracle Team USA -  ACEA - Gilles Martin-Raget ©  


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