America’s Cup Comeback
Wednesday’s improbable win by Oracle Team USA was the biggest comeback in sports history as Oracle rebounded from an 8-1 deficit in the best-of-17 series to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 and keep the cup in this country. These high-tech monsters cost over $100 million each and are hardly the traditional sloop of America’s Cup yore. As their hulls picked up momentum, they rose out of the water onto hydrofoils to reach speeds approaching 50 mph, unheard of in sailing. One sailor was killed in July when the boat flipped in choppy seas.