Wednesday, September 25, 2013

USA Wins America's Cup -- September 25, 2013

Oracle Team USA made an improbable comeback to defend America's Cup against New Zealand.  USA started out two races in the hole as a penalty, so they had to defeat New Zealand 11 times to win 9-8.  I think USA won 8 in a row to retain the Cup.  The 19 races were the longest series yet in a competition that goes back to 1851.  The boats were wonders of technology, but I hope they go with something smaller and cheaper next time so there will be a better field of competitors.

The image is by William A Coulter, and shows the defender Columbia and challenger Shamrock from the 1899 Cup races.  It is from the 21-October-1899 San Francisco Call:

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