American team crowned first champion in new America’s Cup era

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In a pair of thrilling match races that featured four lead changes, American skipper James Spithill and his Oracle Racing Spithill crew won the America’s Cup World Series Cascais Match Racing Championship with a 2-0 defeat of Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand.

Spithill’s team of John Kostecki, Joe Newton, Dirk de Ridder and Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen displayed slick work, sharp thinking and calm attitudes in reversing the tables on their old foes from down under. They previously had lost the daily final to the Kiwis on the final two days.

“It feels fantastic to win. It’s good to get a couple of wins back on Deano and his guys,” said Spithill of today’s two fast and thrilling matches.

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