Photo by Abner Kingman - It was a close race, and on the windward leg ETNZ had a slight lead. As the two boats approached each other with Emirate...

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Photographer

Abner Kingman

Copyright

Abner Kingman

Athlete / Boat

Emirates Team New Zealand vs. Oracle Team USA

Event

34th America's Cup, Finals - Race 8

Location

San Francisco Bay, USA

About the shot

It was a close race, and on the windward leg ETNZ had a slight lead. As the two boats approached each other with Emirates on port and Oracle on starboard, Emirates tried to tack on top of Oracle, but their wing articulation hydraulics failed and they couldn’t trim properly. They started to capsize and it seemed to unfold in slow motion. For what seemed like a long time, it was unclear whether they were going over or coming back. Finally their starboard hull came down with a splash and everyone watching could catch their breath. I was shooting from the aft deck of the television catamaran and all of us aboard were giddy with the delight that follows a tragedy narrowly averted. It took a moment for ETNZ to get sorted out and start sailing again, while Oracle went on to win the race, and then nine more of the next 11 races.

Camera:
Canon 1DX, 500mm, ISO 400, f4, 1/4000