by Peter Petterson
In one of the greatest and controversial turnarounds in international sport in my memory anyway, and that goes back a few years, Oracle Team USA beat Emirates Team NZ on San Francisco Bay during the last couple or so weeks. Like a becalmed yacht, Team NZ led 8-1 for a week but could not overcome the lately introduced technolopy of Oracle. The boys from down on the farm could not match the technology that was more at home in NASA than on yachts down on Frisco Bay.
Just congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the losers. In the end Oracle won 9-8 and retained the Old Mug. There will be many discussions, debates and recrimnations in coming weeks, but I won’t involve myself at this time. Dean Barker and his crew can hold their heads up high. Enough of the excuses for now.