Racing at the sixth and concluding event of the 2011-12 season -- America's Cup World Series-Newport -- Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew won the inaugural championship with the high score of 102 points.
“Our goal was to come here and take the first America’s Cup World Series, so obviously we’re very happy with that,” said Spithill, who turned 33 years old during the regatta. “I would like to congratulate our teammates on Boat 5 who did a fantastic job in the match racing.”
Spithill and crew placed second in the ACWS-Newport match racing and fleet racing championships and won the speed trials. The team’s second entry, led by four-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts, won the ACWS-Newport Match Racing Championship and finished second in today’s fleet race finale.
The America’s Cup World Series began last August in Portugal and has included stops in Britain, Italy and the U.S. The teams race fast, wingsail catamarans through courses within close proximity to shorelines to maximize spectator appeal. Each event features a mixture of one-on-one match racing and fleet racing, where all crews take the start line together. Match racing is the staple discipline of the America’s Cup and fleet racing has provided great thrills for the spectators.
“As sailors, we’re really tested by these boats,” said Spithill. “They’re awesome to race and the crowds really respond to them.
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