On this day: Sir Ben Ainslie inspires Oracle Team USA to America's Cup victory

Emirates New Zealand appeared to be coasting to victory in the 2013 America's Cup until British sailor Sir Ben Ainslie joined Team Oracle to launch an astonishing comeback that saw the American's snatch the title on this day two years ago.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
25th September 2015

article:25th September 2015

Team Oracle beat Emirates NZ by 44 seconds in a thrilling finale.
Team Oracle beat Emirates NZ by 44 seconds in a thrilling finale.

Emirates New Zealand appeared to be coasting to victory in the 2013 America's Cup until Sir Ben Ainslie was asked to join the American.

The British Olympic legend combined superbly with Oracle's Australian skipper James Spithill to drag the syndicate back and launch a stunning late surge to snatch the title on this day two years ago.


The victory marked one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of sport. The team won 11 races to score the 9 points required for victory due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.

This was the third time in the history of the America’s Cup with a winner-take-all final race.

1962: Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in the first round of a Heavyweight title fight.

1988: American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner runs an Olympic 100m record of 10.49s in Seoul.

1991: American Carl Lewis wins 100m gold in the third World Athletics Championships in Tokyo.


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