epa03775779 Oracle Team USA Joe Newton of Australia (C) and his daughter, Ruby, four-years-old wait for the start of America's Cup Opening Day Summer of Sailing event at the America's Cup Pavilion in San Francisco, California, USA, 04 July 2013. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO
epa03775779 Oracle Team USA Joe Newton of Australia (C) and his daughter, Ruby, four-years-old wait for the start of America's Cup Opening Day Summer of Sailing event at the America's Cup Pavilion in San Francisco, California, USA, 04 July 2013. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO JOHN G. MABANGLO

Former Yeppoon sailor in America's Cup winning team

Noon: ORACLE Team USA have landed the final knockout blow on Team New Zealand, taking out today's winner-takes-all race for the America's Cup to complete their stunning comeback in a thrilling finish to a dramatic regatta.

Read more here: NZ heartbreak as US delivers death blow in America's Cup

6am: JOE NEWTON remembers growing up watching Australia II record its famous victory in the America's Cup in 1983.

Now 30 years on and the Oracle Team USA trimmer is on the verge of creating history himself.

The Capricorn Coast's sailing community will be glued to their television screens this morning as Newton attempts to help Team USA sail towards an epic America's Cup victory.

Newtown, who grew up in Yeppoon, and his Team USA team-mates have flipped the series on its head, turning an 8-1 deficit into an 8-8 nail biter in the first-to-nine series in San Francisco, California in the longest America's Cup in its 162-year history.

They're now one win away from securing the 162nd America's Cup.

Team USA won two more races against Team New Zealand to even up the America's Cup finals on Tuesday (California time), continuing an epic comeback in a regatta that once looked like it was a walkover, but will now be decided by a single winner-take-all showdown.

The incredible turn of form by the team continued on every front in perfect sailing conditions.

The US boat came from behind to win the second race easily and has now has seven straight victories, another Cup milestone.

With the support of his family, Newton grew up competitively racing dinghies until a local club mentor - Martin Watson, who would go on to become an Olympic sailing coach - took Newton under his wing and introduced him to match-racing.

Sailing has become a professional career for Newton, not that he sees it as a chore.

"I don't think of it as 'going to work'," he said.

"If I had the means to do it, I would be sailing on these boats every day - they are just awesome fun."



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