Held in the breathtaking natural amphitheater of San Francisco Bay, the 34th America's Cup unfolded with high drama, showcasing elite international sailors competing in AC72s, high-performance catamarans that can sail at speeds of more than 50 miles an hour.
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Completing what many thought of as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time—from an 8 to 1 deficit where the winner must take nine races—ORACLE TEAM USA won the winner-take-all final race to successfully defend the 34th America's Cup on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco. Skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill guided the team's AC72 past Emirates Team New Zealand to win that race by 39 seconds and retain the America's Cup trophy.
"This was the most magnificent spectacle on the water," said Larry Ellison, ORACLE TEAM USA founder. "These 40-plus knot catamarans are amazing. By going to catamarans we tried to make sailing a bit more extreme, friendlier for the viewing audience. A lot of people weren't interested in sailing, and now they are. This regatta has changed sailing forever."
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