TAG Heuer's Oracle Racing Team Wins AC World Series 11-12
Wednesday - 11 July 2012 By Nikki Walker
TAG Heuer-sponsored Oracle Racing Team USA was awarded the overall 2011-12 America's Cup World Series Championship.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his crew claimed the victory in Newport, Rhode Island USA, after they won the speed trials and earned strong second place finishes in the match racing and fleet racing. The team topped the overall leaderboard with 102 points; nine points clear of second place Emirates Team New Zealand.
"Our goal was to come here and take the first America’s Cup World Series, so obviously we’re very happy with that," Spithill said.
TAG Heuer has been an official partner of Oracle Racing since 2011, with its logo featured on the wingsails of the team's catamarans. Each crew member wears a Aquaracer 500M Chronograph and TAG Heuer's technologically advanced eyewear.
"Racing success is time-critical," said Spithill. "From nailing a start to claiming victory, everything we do is measured in thousands of seconds and TAG Heuer’s precision helps optimise our performance on the racecourse."
Two special edition TAG Heuer Aquaracer timepieces were created to celebrate the partnership - one featuring the 'Team USA' logo on the dial, and one with 'Defender', in reference to the team's defence of the cup after winning it in 2010. The timepiece has a 44 mm stainless steel case with a black rubber bezel. It is available with a rubber strap or steel bracelet, and offers 500 metre water resistance. Movement is automatic mechanical TH Calibre 16.