This America’s Cup will definitely be one for the history books.  The race came down to the wire as ORACLE TEAM USA won the 34th America’s Cup in a winner-take-all 19th race, defeating challenger Emirates Team New Zealand. Led by 35-year-old skipper Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM USA won by the overall score of 9-8.

ORACLE TEAM USA entered the competition at a disadvantage and was playing catchup the entire race.  But the team came through, as ORACLE TEAM USA steadily improved its boat speed to the point where it could hydrofoil upwind at 30-32 knots, an incredible performance never seen before in the America’s Cup. It was one of the greatest comebacks in sports history!

Rich History.  First contested in 1851, the America’s Cup, yachting’s biggest prize, is the oldest trophy in international sport, pre-dating the modern Olympics by 45 years.

The skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA summed up his thoughts about this historic win on the America’s Cup official site:

“It was a fantastic race. We wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Spithill, the two-time Cup winner. “We came from behind, the guys showed so much heart. On your own you’re nothing, but a team like this can make you look great… We were facing the barrel of a gun at 8-1 and the guys didn’t even flinch.

“Thanks to San Francisco, this is one hell of a day,” Spithill said.

Fairmont Heritage Place Residents and visitors alike enjoyed a wonderful view of the historic nautical event as the two vessels battled it out on the beautiful San Francisco Bay. Fairmont Heritage Place was proud to be called the official supplier to ORACLE TEAM USA, serving as the home base hotel for the team which retained the prestigious and historic trophy.

As you can tell from the picture above, it was a great turnout and a beautiful day!  Bravo, team!

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