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

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

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: Ben Ainslie set to be a winner whether Team Oracle win or lose

The British skipper was promoted midway through the competition

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: Bay thriller swings to Emirates New Zealand

Seven down, two to go and still no-one knows when New Zealand will be able to take the America’s Cup away from the Americans after a thriller on the bay went first to the defending Oracle team and then swung back to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. 

America’s Cup: Ehman raises question of radio communication in veiled accusation against New Zealand

A veiled accusation of cheating has been made against the New Zealand challenger for the America’s Cup by a senior member of event organiser and the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club.

The New Zealanders were lucky to stay upright during an attempt to block an Oracle boat

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand in capsize scare as Oracle Team USA claim victory

The cat was among the kiwis in the eighth race of the America’s Cup as a rejuvenated defender, Oracle Team USA, not only beat Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) but forced the win during what had previously been their bogey upwind leg.

Oracle Team USA races against Emirates Team New Zealand

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand take commanding lead

Kiwis now have six of the nine wins they need to claim the 1851 trophy for the first time in 10 years

A view of the America's Cup

America's Cup: Ben Ainslie called on to steady the ship at Oracle Team USA

The  defender lost race five when in the leas

Oracle Team USA race against their gritty challengers from Emirates Team New Zealand

Defending America's Cup champions, Oracle Team USA, withdraw from race six

Four defeats down, the America's Cup defender, Oracle Team USA, retired hurt from the race track on San Francisco Bay, declining to contest race six against their gritty challengers from Emirates Team New Zealand.

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA score first point over Emirates NZ

The America’s Cup turned into a genuine contest in San Francisco as defender, Oracle Team USA, scored its first point over what had looked like a comfortably better Emirates Team New Zealand.

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