America's Cup 2013 - Oracle Team USA levels in Race 18

24/09/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America’s Cup - Oracle Team USA has speed to burn - Race Day 14
Oracle Team USA has forced a winner-take-all final race for the 34th America’s Cup after posting a come-from-behind win in Race 18.

Kiwi skipper Dean Barker started the race to leeward of rival Jimmy Spithill and held the lead around the first turning mark. The Kiwis kept the lead by 7 seconds at the leeward gate but Oracle Team USA has speed to burn on the upwind legs and simply sailed past the Kiwis.

The Americans led by 57 seconds at the windward gate beginning the penultimate leg and finished with a 54-second advantage.

Tomorrow’s Race 19 is scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. PT and the winner will win the 34th America’s Cup.

34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)

Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
Oracle TeamUSA – 8

Race 18 Performance Data

Course: 5 Legs/10.11 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 22:01, ETNZ – 22:55
Delta: OTUSA +:54
Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.7 NM, ETNZ – 11.9 NM
Average Speed: OTUSA – 31.92 knots (37 mph), ETNZ – 31.23 knots (36 mph)
Top Speed: OTUSA – 45.79 knots (53 mph), ETNZ – 47.57 knots (55 mph)
Windspeed: Average – 19.3 knots, Peak – 21.8 knots
Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 7/7, ETNZ – 10/6