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In The News: Kiwis almost capsize in Cup loss to Oracle

SAN FRANCISCO – Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsized in Race 8 of the America’s Cup, allowing defending champion Oracle Team USA to sail away to a 52-second victory Saturday on windy San Francisco Bay.

It was just the second victory of the series for the American syndicate, which has now erased the two-point penalty it was assessed in the biggest cheating scandal in the 162-year-history of the America’s Cup.

Team New Zealand leads 6-0.

The most heart-stopping moment in the regatta came as the Kiwis tried to tack on Oracle on the upwind third leg.

The 131-foot wing sail didn’t pop the right way and the 72-foot catamaran began to tip over, with its starboard hull hanging in the air for several seconds before splashing down.

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill did a great job of steering clear of Team New Zealand.

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