Sunday, September 8, 2013

New Zealand Teaches America a Lesson


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America's Cup A Tough Challenge

The U.S. defender Oracle Team USA is in for a tough fight. The Emirates Team New Zealand is up two races after today's exciting run. 

Over 28,500 fans came out to Peer 27-28 Saturday, September 7th, 2013, to cheer for their favorite team. Fans lined the raceway in boats. Another 16 thousand fans watched the start of the race at the Marina Green. The start of the race was framed by the San Francisco City Scape, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the Bay Bridge.

Hollywood actors Jeremy Renner and Chris Tucker were among the fans. Chris Tucker met Jimmy Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA crew before the start of the race.  Although the American team lost both races on Saturday, Tucker was upbeat. 

"They did a great job. Put me on the back tomorrow!" said the actor/comedian, known for his roles in the Rush Hour movies.

America's Cup chief executive Stephen Barclay said, "We've already had half a million visitors to the America's Cup during the Summer of Racing." 

Sailing is a magical sport and enjoying a resurgence despite the current recession.  Sailboats are priced far below the market of a few years ago.  The America's Cup reflects the love of the sport, as well as an American tradition.

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