24, 2013 – 12:20 am Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SAN FRANCISCO This America’s Cup would be tied 8-8 if defending champion Oracle Team USA hadn’t been hit with the harshest penalties in the regatta’s 162-year history. No worries, says Australia-born skipper Jimmy Spithill. He’s a boxer as well as a sailor, and his spark and motivation has helped spur Oracle’s remarkable comeback from what seemed like certain defeat a week ago. Spithill put down his bows, accelerated his 72-foot catamaran off the starting line and pulled clear of Emirates Team New Zealand on Monday to claim a fifth straight victory and stay alive in the longest America’s Cup in history. Spithill, 34, and his brain trust of Olympic gold medalists British tactician Ben Ainslie and Australian strategist Tom Slingsby kept the American-backed boat ahead the whole way around the five-leg course on San Francisco Bay for a 33-second victory. Although the teams are tied on the water, the Kiwis lead 8-6 because Oracle was docked two points and wing sail trimmer Dirk de Ridder was tossed from the regatta after it was discovered the syndicate illegally modified boats during warmup races called the America’s Cup World Series. That shrinking lead no doubt has all of New Zealand on edge. The Kiwis have been on match point since Wednesday, only to watch Spithill and Oracle’s improved 72-foot catamaran sail ahead in a determined attempt to keep the oldest trophy in international sports. Oracle Team USA, owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison, needs three more wins to keep the Auld Mug. Because Race 16 was delayed a half-hour due to light wind, Race 17 was postponed until today. Race 18, if necessary, also is scheduled for today. On Sept.

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Percy described Simpson as "the friendliest, kindest man I have ever met."

In 2008, Simpson and Percy were part of Great Britain’s all-conquering sailing team. Great Britain is the most successful nation in Olympic sailing history, with more gold medals won than any other nation. Simpson juggled his sailing career with his family life. He was a devoted husband, and father to two boys, Freddie and Hamish. Simpson’s untimely death shocked the world of sailing and brought a glittering career to a premature end. Percy described Simpson as “the friendliest, kindest man I have ever met.” Olympic hero Read: Meet the America’s Cup ‘flying yacht’ In order to prevent defeat, Oracle Team USA need to win the final three races of the competition, starting with race 17 on Tuesday, with race 18 scheduled to take place the same day should it be required. “We’ve got a huge wave of momentum. The boat’s just going fantastic,” Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill told the official America’s Cup website. “That was a tough start, we had starboard entry and it was a tough time.” Read: Remembering Andrew Simpson Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker remains confident his team can win the series despite Oracle’s recent charge. “We’re very upbeat here, we know we can win,” said Barker. “The Oracle guys sailed a pretty flawless race.

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