SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Skipper Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA sped past Emirates Team New Zealand on the upwind third leg to win their astonishing seventh straight race and force a deciding 19th race in the longest America's Cup ever. Race 19 is scheduled for Wednesday, weather-permitting, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
All but defeated a week ago, Oracle Team USA tied the faltering Kiwis 8-8 on the scoreboard by winning its 10th race overall. Oracle was docked two points for illegally modifying boats in warmup regattas.
Either Oracle will finish one of the greatest comebacks in sports history or Team New Zealand, marooned on match point since Wednesday, will get the elusive win it needs to claim the Auld Mug for the second time in 18 years.
Oracle, which trailed 8-1 last Wednesday, came from behind and passed the Kiwis after they tacked too early and slowed while zigzagging toward the Golden Gate Bridge.
Above are highlights of Race 18. Here are Race 17 highlights: