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Ainslie's Oracle Team USA complete astonishing comeback to win America's Cup
10:32am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
Sir Ben Ainslie's Oracle Team USA have performed one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history after battling back from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand in the deciding race of the America's Cup.
Despite trailing 8-1 Oracle defied the odds to win eight straight races and retain the Cup they claimed in 2010.
Four time Olympic champion Ainslie, who learned to sail at Restronguet Saling Club, was drafted in to the team as a replcement for tactician John Kostecki after the Kiwis won four of the first five races.
And it was his involvement alongside Oracle's Australian skipper James Spithill that proved instrumental in turning Team USA's fortunes around.
In the deciding race in San Francisco Bay, Team New Zealand took an early lead before the Americans came back on the upwind leg.
After the race Ainslie told the media: "It's been one of the most amazing comebacks ever, I think, almost in any sport but certainly in sailing and to be a part of that is a huge privilege."
The giant 72-foot catamarans traded places as they headed towards the line, before the Americans raced ahead, holding on to their lead to claim a dramatic win by a margin of 44 seconds.
The US team last won the Cup in 2010 when they beat Alinghi of Swtizerland in a one-off race.
And despite concerns over the safety of match racing in boats that can reach speeds of up to 50 mph, this year's competition has produced some of the most exciting racing ever seen, and looks to have secured the future of the Americas Cup in its current format.