Oracle Team USA:
Jimmy Spithill Honored as Sailor of the Year
Oracle Skipper Spithill Named Sailor of the Year
for 2013 America's Cup Win
November 4, 2014
Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill was presented with the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year (male) award at a ceremony in Palma, Spain on Tuesday evening.
The award came as recognition of the magnificent comeback Spithill presided over as the skipper of Oracle Team USA during the 2013 America’s Cup. Down 8-1, and facing match point for over a week, Spithill and his team won eight consecutive races to retain the America’s Cup 9-8 over Emirates Team New Zealand.
In collecting the award, Spithill reflected on the team effort required to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds.
“I think the biggest difference between the other nominees and myself is that this wasn’t an individual performance. I’m accepting this award on behalf of the full team of Oracle Team USA,” Spithill said.
“I think it’s recognition of the effort put in by all of the guys on the boat, as well as the designers, engineers, supporters, all the way up to Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts. This means a lot to all of us.”
This is the first World Sailor of the Year award for Spithill,
who joins team mates Tom Slingsby (2010) and Russell Coutts (1995, 2003) in the
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