America’s Cup Lingers On After High Winds Cancel Final Race Thursday

The America’s Cup is staying in San Francisco for at least one more day.

Emirates Team New Zealand had a chance to clinch victory in the international sailing race today with one last win over defending champion Oracle Team USA, but the U.S. team won the first race of the afternoon.

Another race was scheduled this afternoon but was postponed due to high winds. Racing will resume on Friday.

The New Zealand team leads the America’s Cup Finals 8-2 over Oracle, which was docked two points by the regatta’s International Jury before racing began because of illegal modifications the team made to its boats during exhibition races in 2012 and earlier this year.

The first team to reach nine points in the finals wins the America’s Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand was poised to potentially get their ninth point on Tuesday and Wednesday, but high winds on the Bay also caused race postponements on those days.

Oracle Team USA won the previous America’s Cup in 2010 and chose San Francisco to host this year’s regatta.

Giovanni Albanese, Bay City News

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