Stuart Alexander

Stuart Alexander is Sailing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Wild thing: The 100-footer Wild Oats in this year’s Sydney to Hobart race getty

Wild Oats leads race to take up Oracle challenge

Announcement to be made on Monday by holders Oracle Team USA

Oracle Team USA celebrate retaining the America's Cup

America's Cup: How Ben Ainslie led Oracle Team USA to remarkable 9-8 victory over Emirates Team New Zealand

Fast boats win races and Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup in one of the most remarkable comebacks in any game. From 1-8 down in the second half they beat Emirates Team New Zealand on San Francisco Bay by 9-8 and that was after they had had to clear a two-point penalty deficit.

Ben Ainslie in San Francisco at the America's Cup

America's Cup comeback: Ben Ainslie helps Oracle Team USA draw level with New Zealand challenger in San Francisco

As comebacks go, this is worthy of the best scriptwriters down the coast in tinsel town

Oracle Team USA has closed the gap on the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand but still trails 6-8

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA closes gap on Emirates Team New Zealand

The tension cranked up another notch on San Francisco Bay as the America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA closed the gap on the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, which still leads 8 – 6.

Oracle Team USA took another two race wins to pull back to within three points of Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA keep the champagne on ice as two more race wins to pull within three points of Emirates Team New Zealand

The Kiwis were 7-1 up at one point but the latest victories for the US has seen them claw back to 8-5

Crew members from Team USA wave to the crowd after defeating Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 15 in the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco, California

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA claims two more wins

The comeback continues for America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA as Emirates Team New Zealand just cannot convert match point to victory with the one extra win it needs. Instead the Americans grabbed two more wins and with them the strutting rights.

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand's wait for victory continues

It's never normally like this is the ironic shoulder shrug to explain why sailboat racing plans go wrong around the world and it was the boast of the organisers of the 34th America's Cup that the world could forget the mantra on San Francisco Bay.

Passing Alcatraz Island in light wind, Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA sail America's Cup race 13

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand denied victory as Oracle Racing USA take advantage of cruel blow for Kiwis

Thirteen was far from lucky for Emirates Team New Zealand as they went back to their base rueing the cruel fate of being beaten by the clock when within just a few minutes of taking the America’s Cup away from Oracle Racing USA and then suffering a penalty on the re-run and losing by over 80 seconds.

Oracle Team USA skippered James Spithill (R) in action against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered Dean Barker (L) during race twelve of the America's Cup finals

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand made to wait for victory by more bad weather

Tomorrow never comes and nor did the handover of the America's Cup for New Zealand as, once again, only one race could be staged as the wind rose above maximum permitted strength.

Oracle Team USA takes practice before the start of race ten of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Team Oracle live to fight another day as latest race is cancelled

Emirates Team New Zealand need only one more win to take the trophy

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