One week ago, defending America’s Cup champs Oracle Team USA were at the bottom of the pack, trailing by eight races to one against their challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. But Oracle responded with an improbable comeback, winning seven consecutive races to tie the series 8-8.
Weather permitting, the winner will be decided in one final race Wednesday. Only twice before in the history of the America’s Cup, in 1920 and 1983, has there been a winner-takes-all race.
Oracle’s poor start came as a shock to billionaire owner Larry Ellison. Ellison sunk a great deal of money into designing Oracle’s hyper-technical yacht and, as owner of the defending champions, even got to select where the race would be.
The final race will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. Pacific time.