Oracle Sweeps Two Races to Tie America’s Cup
SAN FRANCISCO — The America’s Cup sailing race has produced no shortage of strange scenes in its 162 years. There have been capsizings, shattered masts and shattered spirits, but it has never produced a reversal of fortune quite like this year.
A week ago, the defender of the trophy, Oracle Team USA, bankrolled by the billionaire Larry Ellison, trailed by eight races to one and was one defeat from losing the most prestigious prize in yachting to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand.
But after winning seven races in succession, including two on Tuesday, Oracle has tied the series at 8-8. Winds permitting, the rivals from different hemispheres will contest one final race on Wednesday, winner take all.
This could be historic…