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2013 America's Cup heats up in San Francisco Bay

24 Sep 2013 4:27 PM
2013 America's Cup heats up in San Francisco Bay

The City by the Bay is not only known for its vibrant culture, intricate architecture and Pacific coastline, but also for the many sporting events that take place in the area. Aside from the city's professional football team, there was stiff competition in the air during the weekend of September 22, as the battle for the 2013 America's Cup continued. 

Dating back to 1851, the sailing race known as America's Cup has a rich history, and is the oldest trophy in a sport. Accordingly, the competition has been highly attended by affluent spectators, team sponsors and sailing enthusiasts, as well as owners of nearby lavish San Francisco real estate.

Sailing AC72 catamarans, a fleet of the world's best sailors navigated the waters near the Golden Gate Bridge while vying for the pole position and bragging rights. Ultimately, Sunday's two competitions were won by Oracle Team USA's vessel, which was helmed by Jimmy Spithill. The team's victory put it back in the running for the America's Cup. After the races ended on September 22, the Oracle team trailed Emirates Team New Zealand 8 to 5. Action was scheduled to conclude later in the week, according to The New York Times.

"This is a team that has been through a lot this campaign," Spithill told the newspaper. "We believe we can win this. We believe we've got the boat to do it; we've got the team and we've got a wave of momentum, man, that's getting bigger every day behind us."