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Light wind, Oracle thwarts Kiwis in America's Cup

  • Oracle Team USA crew members celebrate in front of fans after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand during the re-sail of the 13th race of the America's Cup sailing event, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO — The lightest wind of the America's Cup led to one crazy afternoon on foggy San Francisco Bay.

When the 72-foot catamarans came back to shore Friday, Jimmy Spithill and his Oracle Team USA teammates were smiling and slapping each other on the back after keeping the America's Cup in America for yet another day.

Dean Barker and his mates on Emirates Team New Zealand could only shake their heads at how close they'd come to wresting the oldest trophy in international sports from the American powerhouse owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison.

The always-focused Kiwis could be forgiven if they'd let their thoughts sneak ahead to drinking champagne out of the Auld Mug. Or if someone at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland was rearranging the trophy room for the addition of the big silver pitcher.

The New Zealanders led by about a mile at one point in Race 13.


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