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.
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.
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.
Kiwis now have six of the nine wins they need to claim the 1851 trophy for the first time in 10 years
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From tears and sorrow on Friday to smiles and triumph on Saturday, Ben Ainslie set a searing sub three hours new record in the Round the Island Race in tribute to his old friend and fellow Olympic gold medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.
Three golds, four silvers and three bronzes proved a satisfying haul for Britain’s Olympic sailing squad from the World Cup event in Hyeres.
Equal on points and beaten only by the tie-break, Ben Ainslie ended a hectic week in San Francisco in second place of the fleet racing at the America’s Cup World Series.
Two important quarter finals, one across the Atlantic the other on the US west coast were in prospect for Britain’s defending match race world champion Ian Williams and top Olympian Ben Ainslie on Friday.
Fireworks over Cowes were more than the traditional Friday celebration as the south’s largest annual regatta drew not just to a close but a beginning of long-term stability at a time of economic uncertainty for many sports.
A wave of vigilante postbox painting is sweeping the nation, it seems. After Royal Mail promised to paint a postbox gold in the home town of all Great Britain's Olympic gold-medal winners, overlooked locals have taken matters into their own hands.
A silver medal for windsurfer Nick Dempsey is still a real prospect after the gold was wrapped up with two races to spare by Dorian van Rijsselberge of The Netherlands.
The main event on what could be a glorious weekend for British athletics is the culmination of the women's heptathlon. After a strong start from Jessica Ennis, and a surprisingly good one from Katarina Johnson-Thompson, the heptathlon has its final events tonight.