After challenging weather on Saturday at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, the sun and wind broke through on Sunday in Brookfield Place and fans showed up by the thousands to watch sailors battle for a spot on the podium. After 75,000 fans came out on Saturday, another large crowd, estimated at 100,000, turned out on a sunny day and fans were treated to a day of unpredictable, yet exciting racing.
No lead was ever safe on Sunday as the wind shifted through wide arcs from the west to the north and ranged anywhere from 5 to 20 knots.
In a thrilling winner-take-all final race, Emirates Team New Zealand unhooked itself from a starting buoy to win the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York with the high score of 52 points.
“It was one of those series where everyone had good luck and bad luck, but we got our good luck at the end of the regatta,” said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby. “It was exciting and crazy at the same time. Today it was important to keep your cool and stay focused.”
At one point during the final race ORACLE TEAM USA looked to be in position to win. Skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew won the start and led around the first two mark roundings. Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan grabbed the lead by working the right side of the course while ORACLE TEAM USA struggled on the right side. In the end the reigning America’s Cup champions were able to get back on track and placed second in the race and second for the series.
“The crowd was insane,” said Spithill. “Today was great for the fans. In these conditions you have to roll with the punches and keep fighting. We wanted to win but we’ll take the second place. The Kiwis got a Hail Mary there at the end, but you have to take your hat off to them and congratulate them.”
Third place in the final race went to Franck Cammas’s Groupama Team France, winner of Race 2. SoftBank Team Japan placed fourth, Land Rover BAR fifth and Artemis Racing sixth. In terms of the overall series standings, the teams ranked as follows:
1. Emirates Team New Zealand – 244 pts
2. Oracle Team USA – 236 pts
3. Land Rover BAR – 227 pts
4. SoftBank Team Japan – 203 pts
5. Artemis Racing – 201 pts
6. Groupama Team France – 194 pts
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