Team Oracle Gilles Martin-Raget/America's Cup

Oracle Team USA captured both America’s Cup World Series championships in front of their home crowd at Marina Green in San Francisco.

The day began with four-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts taking on his Oracle team-mate Jimmy Spithill in the Match Racing Championship. An intense battle out on the waves saw the lead change three times during the race before Russell crossed the line one second before Jimmy.

But the day was not yet finished for Jimmy Spithill and his crew as they turned their attention to the Fleet Racing Championship. This time Jimmy found himself locked in a tussle with Team Korea’s Nathan Outteridge.

Jimmy guided his Oracle Team USA A45 vessel to second place in the final fleet race of the America’s Cup World Series meeting, that was enough to secure the Event Championship.

“This is a fantastic result for Oracle Team USA, we have won the match racing, fleet racing and the overall championship. I can’t emphasize how much the boys fought around the racetrack. We battled our way back to the top in each event and were rewarded for it.”

Jimmy’s team-mate Russell Coutts was also in fine spirits after winning his second consecutive match racing title following success in Newport earlier in the year.

“It’s been a fantastic event for our team. To get both teams in the match racing final is a great result and Jimmy and the boys continue to be superb. It looked like the fans were having fun on the shore and that’s what it’s all about. We were certainly having fun on the water.”

This was the first America’s Cup World Series event in San Francisco but it won’t be long until Russell and Jimmy return to the bay. San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin M. Lee is delighted that his city will also host the 2013 America’s Cup.

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