The United States looked set to win the America's Cup for the 23rd consecutive time on Monday (16 September) when the cup defender, Courageous, beat Australia's Southern Cross for a third straight victory in the best-of-seven series.
SV Courageous moored at quayside with American flag on stern.
SV Designer Stephens goes aboard.
LV PAN Courageous prepared for sailing.
SV's Southern Cross heads seaward.
SV Spectators on quayside.
AERIAL VIEW Yachts (Courageous nearest) at false start.
AERIAL VIEW Yachts turn back.
AERIAL VIEW Re-start of race. (Courageous nearest)
AERIAL VIEW Two yachts racing.
AERIAL VIEW Courageous in lead.
AERIAL VIEW Courageous.
AERIAL VIEW Two yachts approach turning buoy.
Initials VS 21.07 VS21.30
SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: The United States looked set to win the America's Cup for the 23rd consecutive time on Monday (16 September) when the cup defender, Courageous, beat Australia's Southern Cross for a third straight victory in the best-of-seven series.
The margin of victory was five minutes 27 seconds -- more than a guarter of a mile, and the most decisive since the series began on Tuesday (10 September). Courageous won the first race by four minutes 54 seconds and the second race by one minute 11 seconds.
With starting specialist Dennis Conner at the helm, the aluminium-hulled American yacht crossed the starting line 16 seconds ahead of Southern Cross -- after both 12-metres had first crossed the line prematurely. Courageous held the lead throughout the 24.3 mile (39 kilometre) race on Rhode Island sound.
The Courageous took a commanding lead during the first windward leg and was never seriously challenged during the rest of the race.
The decisive defeat was another severe blow to the crew and supporters of the Southern Cross which had been regarded as one of the most formidable challengers in years to compete for the ancient silver trophy.
The superiority of the American crew and Courageous' better sails proved the keys to victory. The owner of Southern Cross, millionaire Australian real-estate developer., Alan Bond was reported to be unhappy before the race with his yacht's sails.
The Americans had only to win one more race to retain the America's Cup -- a trophy they've never lost.