The United States kept the America's Cup.
For those not into the billion dollar sport of yachting, what's the big deal?
This victory made waves.
This big deal was that the American yacht, Oracle, compled one of the greatest comebacks in sports history by defeating a yacht from New Zealand in the climactic race Wednesday.
Oracle had to win 11 races to keep for America to keep the trophy after being docked two points for an illegal modifying maneuver during warmups. It once trailed 8-1 (match point) and had to win eight straight races to win.
The signature design on the Oracle was a big black cat. And it was one tough CAT-amaran, having the equivalent of nine boat lives.
This was also one of the most expensive comebacks of all time. Software developer Larry Ellison spent $500 million over 11 years in pursuit, capturing and retaining the cup, which isn't exactly American.
Don't wave the red, white and blue too boldly. Only one American was on the Oracle's 11-man crew, which consisted of four Australians, two Kiwis, and one sailor each from the United States, Britain, Italy, Holland and Antigua.
In the race along a course in San Francisco Bay, the yachts had to pass Alcatraz.
Fitting. The Oracle made one great escape from the jaws of defeat.