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Oracle Team USA stepped back on the podium after finishing second overall at the #louisvuittonamericascupworldseries #oman on Sunday. Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his crew bounced back from a slow start to hold on to second at the #event, and remain second in the overall series standings. Land Rover BAR’s skipper Ben Ainslie secured victory despite not winning any of Sunday’s races.
MUSCAT (OMAN) – “It’s great to be on the podium again,” Spithill said. “Ourselves and Emirates Team New Zealand are the only teams that have podiumed at every #event. We’re closer to Team New Zealand in the overall, still holding second, and it was just a fantastic #event in the Middle East.
“We bounced back well after the first race,” Spithill continued. “That was obviously not the best way to start the day. But, I feel like we took another step forward in performance today.”
In Sunday´s first race, Oracle Team USA found themselves at the back of the fleet after being forced to dip behind Artemis Racing and Groupama Team France at the third gate. On the last leg, they moved up one spot to finish fifth, while Emirates Team New Zealand took the win.
Race two was won off the start for Oracle Team USA, as they took an early lead they never relinquished. The final race of the regatta saw Oracle Team USA leading at the start. Groupama Team France gained the advantage on the third of four legs and held on to win, with Oracle Team USA in second.
Spithill closed out the weekend in #oman with 74 total points, two points behind winner Land Rover BAR (76). Emirates Team New Zealand was third with 70 points.
After three events in 2015 and this first #event of the new year, the team remains second in the overall #louisvuittonamericascupworldseries standings with 186 points. Emirates Team New Zealand continues to hold the top slot with 192 points.
“It’s a bit of a whirlwind to come here for four days and go straight into racing,” Langford said. “Now, we’ll go back to Bermuda and right into the development program. It can be hard to shift focus from racing to development, but we’ll think about racing again in the lead-up to New York.
Oracle Team USA returns to Bermuda tomorrow to resume their development program and two-boat testing. For the next #event on the race schedule, they will head to the U.S. for the #louisvuittonamericascupworldseries New York on May 6-8.
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