ORACLE TEAM USA win the 34th America’s Cup 

Friday 13th September 2013

Ben has fulfilled a childhood ambition winning the 34th America’s Cup sailing with ORACLE TEAM USA. In one of the biggest comebacks in sporting history, the defenders ORACLE TEAM USA, fought back against the odds to win the 34th America’s Cup 9-8 in a winner takes all race against the challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.

Ben, who stepped onboard as tactician during the finals in San Francisco, says Oracle Team USA’s dramatic America’s Cup victory was physically “one of the toughest races” he has sailed in.

Ben received an overwhelming amount of support from the UK, “It’s amazing to have had so many messages of support from back home. It’s great to see how people have got behind the Cup and it’s great for sailing for people to see this kind of racing.”

“Whatever happens next, I learnt so much from this experience; as a helmsman, steering Oracle’s B boat; as a tactician, a role I had never performed before but which has given me invaluable insight; and as a regular team member, watching what goes on behind the scenes of an enormous America’s Cup operation. I hope that in the coming years that experience will bear fruit.”

“Now it is time to look ahead to my next challenge – the ultimate challenge – to bring the cup back to British waters for the first time in something like 165 years”

Read Ben’s column in the Telegraph here

One million fans visited the official America’s Cup venues at Piers 27/29 and Marina Green since they opened on July 4, and hundreds of thousands more lined the shores of San Francisco Bay to catch a glimpse of action on the water.


34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)

ORACLE TEAM USA – 9 (11 wins; ORACLE TEAM USA was penalized its first two victories by the International Jury)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8

34th America’s Cup Race by Race

Race 1 (Sep.7) Emirates Team New Zealand d. ORACLE TEAM USA by :36
Race 2 (Sep.7) Emirates Team New Zealand d. ORACLE TEAM USA by :52
Race 3 (Sep.8) Emirates Team New Zealand d. ORACLE TEAM USA by :28
Race 4 (Sep.8) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :08*
Race 5 (Sep.10) Emirates Team New Zealand d. ORACLE TEAM USA by 1:05
Race 6 (Sep.12) Emirates Team New Zealand d. ORACLE TEAM USA by :46
Race 7 (Sep.12) Emirates Team New Zealand d. ORACLE TEAM USA by1 :06
Race 8 (Sep.14) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :52*
Race 9 (Sep.15) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :47
Race 10 (Sep.15) Emirates Team New Zealand d. ORACLE TEAM USA by :16
Race 11 (Sep.18) Emirates Team New Zealand d. ORACLE TEAM USA by :15
Race 12 (Sep.19) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :31
Race 13 (Sep.20)ORACLE TEAM USA d.Emirates Team New Zealand by 1:24
Race 14 (Sep.22) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :23
Race 15 (Sep.22) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :37
Race 16 (Sep.23) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :33
Race 17 (Sep.24) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :27
Race 18 (Sep.24) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :54
Race 19 (Sep.25) ORACLE TEAM USA d. Emirates Team New Zealand by :44

*ORACLE TEAM USA’s first two victories don’t count towards the scoreline as part of a penalty issued by the International Jury.