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Replay Video: Oracle Team USA Wins America’s Cup Race 16

| September 23, 2013
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Race 16 was delayed 30 minutes because of light winds. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Race 16 was delayed 30 minutes because of light winds. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Oracle Team USA held the lead throughout Race 16 of the America’s Cup, crossing the finish line 33 seconds ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand. This marks the fifth consecutive win for the Americans, who still need three straight wins to capture the title. New Zealand needs only one more win.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA accelerated off the starting line and stayed ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand the entire race.

Oracle’s remarkable comeback closed the Kiwis’ lead to 8-6.

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Team New Zealand has been on match point since Wednesday, only to watch Spithill and Oracle’s improved 72-foot catamaran sail ahead in a determined attempt to keep the oldest trophy in international sports.

Oracle has won eight races. But it was docked 2 points for illegally modifying boats in warmup regattas called the America’s Cup World Series.

Light winds initially delayed the start of the race by 30 minutes. Race 17 was postponed until Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. If Race 18 is needed, it will be held at 2:15 p.m.

Race 16 from AmericasCup.com:

  • Course: 5 Legs/10.21 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 30:43, ETNZ – 31:16
  • Delta: OTUSA +:33
  • Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.7 NM
  • Average Speed: OTUSA – 23.21 knots (27 mph), ETNZ – 22.46 knots (26 mph)
  • Top Speed: OTUSA – 38.05 knots (44 mph), ETNZ – 36.61 knots (42 mph)
  • Windspeed: Average – 12.0 knots, Peak – 14.1 knots
  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 10/10, ETNZ – 10/10

 

Read how the race unfolded.

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Olivia Allen-Price is an interactive and engagement producer with KQED News. She is the voice behind KQEDNews accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Her experience in web journalism includes major newspapers such as The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot. Follow her on Twitter at @oallenprice and on Instagram @oallenprice. Reach Olivia Allen-Price at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

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