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Sep 29, 2013

Oracle sailors learned flying for America’s Cup comeback

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The come-from-behind victory of Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup team is a tale of learning how to fly a boat – and pushing the equipment, the rules and the crew to the very limit in the process.

Ellison’s Oracle Team USA fought back from an 8-1 deficit against the mighty Emirates Team New Zealand to win sailing’s biggest trophy last week in a series of races in 72-foot high-tech catamarans that sometimes exceeded 50 miles per hour (80 kph) on San Francisco Bay.

Sep 25, 2013

U.S. boat pulls even in historic America’s Cup comeback

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Oracle Team USA won two more races against Emirates Team New Zealand to even up the America’s Cup finals on Tuesday, continuing an epic comeback in a regatta that once looked like a Kiwi cakewalk and will now be decided by a single winner-take-all showdown.

The deciding race in what will be the longest America’s Cup in its 162-year history is scheduled for Wednesday.

Sep 24, 2013

Sailing-U.S. boat continues historic comeback in America’s Cup regatta

24 (Reuters) – Oracle Team USA won it’s sixth straight race against Emirates Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup finals on Tuesday, continuing an epic comeback in a regatta that was all but over a week ago.

The reeling Kiwi team sealed it’s fate before the Tuesday’s first race even began, drawing a double-penalty as the race was starting that allowed Oracle to jump out to an insurmountable lead.

Sep 24, 2013

Oracle looks to shut down Kiwi America’s Cup challenge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Oracle Team USA, emboldened after extending an epic America’s Cup winning streak, seeks to hold the once-dominant Emirates Team New Zealand at bay again on Tuesday, depriving them of the one win needed to wrench the trophy from the U.S. defender.

The team backed by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison has momentum on its side and appears to have shut down a Kiwi juggernaut that had seemed headed to a lopsided Cup victory.

Sep 24, 2013

Sailing-Oracle looks to shut down Kiwi America’s Cup challenge

24 (Reuters) – Oracle Team USA, emboldened after extending an epic America’s Cup winning streak, seeks to hold the once-dominant Emirates Team New Zealand at bay again on Tuesday, depriving them of the one win needed to wrench the trophy from the U.S. defender.

The team backed by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison has momentum on its side and appears to have shut down a Kiwi juggernaut that had seemed headed to a lopsided Cup victory.

Sep 13, 2013

The trickle-down technology of the America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Software titan Larry Ellison’s decision to race the 34th America’s Cup on high-speed 72-foot catamarans, which are harder to build and sail than keelboats, has been criticized for pushing the competition too far beyond traditional sailing and pricing out non-billionaires.

But this is the America’s Cup, Silicon Valley’s style – it’s all about technology, ideas and information – and advances made in preparation for the races are already being felt in television, aerospace and sporting gear.

Sep 11, 2013

Oracle calls time out in America’s Cup after Kiwi trouncing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Embattled defending champion Oracle Team USA postponed a second America’s Cup race on Tuesday, saying it needed to regroup after Emirates Team New Zealand won its fourth commanding victory on San Francisco Bay.

Software billionaire Larry Ellison’s American team appeared shell-shocked and asked for the time out just before the start of race two, under a rule giving the teams the right to delay one race in the 17-race series for the world’s oldest sporting trophy. The so-called postponement card is generally reserved for boat breakdowns.

Sep 10, 2013

Oracle calls off America’s Cup race after big New Zealand win

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – America’s Cup defending champion Oracle Team USA called off one of its races in the competition on Tuesday after Emirates Team New Zealand trounced them, giving the Kiwis a fourth victory In the series.

Oracle appeared shell-shocked and asked for a postponement of the second match of the day in San Francisco Bay. Both teams have the right to delay one race in the 17-race series for the world’s oldest sporting trophy.

Sep 9, 2013

Oracle win shows New Zealand has not locked up America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Oracle Team USA edged out Emirates Team New Zealand in a blustery fourth race for the America’s Cup on Sunday, reminding the Kiwis, who won the first three races of the event, that the American yacht is formidable.

While government-backed New Zealand won the third heat of the 17-race final series on San Francisco Bay, software billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle team led the first half of that match and controlled the entire fourth race, cruising into the finish about eight seconds in front of the Kiwis.

Sep 9, 2013

Sailing-Oracle win shows New Zealand has not locked up America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Oracle Team USA edged out Emirates Team New Zealand in a blustery fourth race for the America’s Cup on Sunday, reminding the Kiwis, who won the first three races of the event, that the American yacht is formidable.

While government-backed New Zealand won the third heat of the 17-race final series on San Francisco Bay, software billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle team led the first half of that match and controlled the entire fourth race, cruising into the finish about eight seconds in front of the Kiwis.

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