Posted By RichC on September 25, 2013
A shocker to be sure — I had given up on America’s Cup Team Oracle and declare New Zealand the sure winner a week ago. I was convince that after the first few races that the U.S. team was over matched and in an inferior boat; they just couldn’t keep up tack for tack. Oracle’s 72-foot catamaran had a serious problem when sailing upwind and New Zealand demonstrated a clear advantage by at least a knot and a half.
But, they didn’t give up and continued to make changes to their boat deep into the competition … and just as in business … Larry Ellison’s team, and deep pockets, found a way to make up the deficit. “It just doesn’t make sense they’re faster than us upwind, we finally broke the code.” Ellison commented. “You know what 8-to-1 is? 8-1 is motivated.”
Congratulations to Team Oracle for defending the Cup in an impressive comeback.