Sailing: Skipper Spithill to bid for America's Cup treble in 2017
MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Australian Jimmy Spithill will bid for a third successive America's Cup at the helm of Oracle Team USA after turning down offers from foreign challengers.
The youngest skipper to win the world's oldest sporting trophy, he led the challenger "USA" to victory in 2010 at the age of 30 and helped the team successfully defend last year with a sensational comeback victory against Team New Zealand.
Spithill had been wooed by Australian challenger of record for the 35th America's Cup, Hamilton Island Yacht Club, but said he owed it to team principal and software billionaire Larry Ellison, and CEO Russell Coutts, to remain.
"There were some very good offers out there, but at the end of the day, Russell and Larry, I wouldn't be here without them," Spithill said on Team USA's website (oracle-team-usa.americascup.com).