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San Francisco 2013 34th America's Cup

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In September 2013, San Franciso hosted for the first time America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. The 34th edition consisted of a series of boat races between the defender, Oracle Team USA, and the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. It was the longest America's Cup, not only because of the best of 17 format, but also because it went to a winner-take-all race (for only the third time in the America's Cup history). At the same time, it was the fastest America's Cup, thanks to the use of high-tech 72 feet catamarans with wing sails 131 feet high. After being led 1-8, Oracle Team USA mounted an extraordinary comeback, winning the 8 last races. Images on this page are from the decisive race, which took place on September 25, 2013, with both teams tied to 8 all. New Zealand led on the first downwind race, but USA took advantage of superior upwind speed to overtake and then cruise to victory.

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America's cup logo. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) 34th Americas cup sign, trees, and clouds. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Americas cup empty bleachers from behind. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) USA and New Zealand America's cup boats and Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) New Zealand Challenger America's cup boats and Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Emirates Team New Zealand leeward of Oracle Team USA at first mark. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Oracle Team USA defender America's cup boat and Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Oracle Team USA AC72 America's cup boat and Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) USA and New Zealand boats foiling at 40 knots during final race of America's cup. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) New Zealand boat leading USA boat on first downwind leg of decisive race. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) America's cup catamarans in front of Alcatraz Island. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) America's cup boats sail away at 40 knots from Alcatraz Island. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) USA and New Zealand boats sailing upwind in front of Alcatraz Island. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) USA boat gaining on New Zealand boat during upwind leg of America's cup decisive race. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Oracle Team USA AC72 America's cup boat and Alcatraz Island. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Crew in action on USA boat during victorious final race. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Emirates Team New Zealand Aotearoa catamaran foiling in upwind leg. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) USA boat leading New Zealand boat during upwind leg of America's cup final race. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Oracle Team USA boat in front of Golden Gate Bridge during Sept 25 final race. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Oracle Team USA 17 boat sails to victory in front of Alcatraz during winner-take-all race. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Spectators following America's Cup decisive race from shore. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Spectators cheering during America's Cup decisive race. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Woman with patriotic gear standing next to final scoreboard. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Man with patriotic gear standing next to final scoreboard. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Spectators posing next to scoreboard with final standings. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Supporters of team USA celebrating victory in America's Cup. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Synthetic lawn and giant screen, America's Cup Park. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Spectators walking out of America's Cup Park. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Podium, America's Cup Park. San Francisco, California, USA ( color) Bay Bridge seen through America's Cup log at America's Cup Park. San Francisco, California, USA ( color)
All the 30 color pictures of San Francisco 2013 34th America's Cup are on this page