Robinson Emirates Team New Zealand leads Americas Cup scoring SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 22, 2013 On a day after unsettled winds on San Francisco Bay postponed racing altogether, Oracle Team USA came back to win races 14 and 15 in the Americas Cup Finals series , giving the team a fighting chance against Emirates Team New Zealand. Now at a score of 8-5, the American team is in a less daunting position of needing four consecutive wins to keep the Americas Cup. On Wednesday, that number was eight. The teams ability to claw its way back from such a trailing position has encouraged fans to turn out for a much more exciting race between the two countries. Emirates Team New Zealand still needs just one win to take the cup back to New Zealand. On Friday, the black AC 72 of Oracle Team USA screamed past the finish line in race 13, ahead of the Kiwis by 1 minute, 24 secondskeeping the team alive in the race for the 34th Americas Cup. 34th Americas Cup Day 12 (Photo: ACEA/Photo Balazs Gardi) In todays Race 14, Oracle Team USA won by 23 seconds over Emirates Team New Zealand. After grabbing the leeward position off the start line, the defender fought off constant attacks from the challenger throughout the match. Race 15 was a near copy, with Oracle Team USA starting the race to leeward of Emirates Team New Zealand, and leading throughout until the finish, at 23 seconds ahead of the Kiwi team. Day 13 of racing is scheduled for Monday, with Race 16 at 1:15 p.m. PST and Race 17 (if necessary) at 2:15 p.m. PST. Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker.

USA Presents Successful Business Techniques at Annual Appliance Repair Training Event in Denver

The 17 days so far are the most in the history of the 162-year-old America’s Cup. “A summer showdown has turned into a fall classic,” said Todd Harris on NBC Sports Network telecast. In both races, Oracle used its favorable port position in the pre-start to gain crucial leads it would not relinquish. Changeable winds and tricky currents allowed the Kiwis to make several charges, cutting the lead from several hundred meters to a boat length in the first race and keeping Oracle on its toes in a back-and-forth rarely seen in America’s Cup racing. “The breeze was moving around a lot today,” said Oracle tactician Ben Ainslie. “There were a lot of holes, a lot of shifts.” But Ainslie and strategist Tom Slingsby were able to find the sweet spots in the course. “A day like today it really is all about the tactics,” said the defiant Spithill aboard 72-foot catamaran in a TV interview shortly after the second race. New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said his team had under-performed in both of the first downwind legs, when Oracle was able to extend its early advantage. With pressure now shifting like the winds, the low-key 41-year-old Barker admitted that Oracle had improved considerably but shook off growing questions of being at the helm of a choke of historic proportions, saying: “We have absolute belief we can win this. Nothing’s changed.” After a sluggish first few races, Oracle has clearly benefited from ongoing changes to its boat and the addition of four-time Olympic gold medalist Ainslie, who has helped the Americans go 6-2 since replacing John Kostecki in the afterguard. The Americans also have benefited from Lady Luck. Three times New Zealand held mid-race leads that were nullified — twice by winds that exceeded acceptable limits, and two days ago when they were in the clear by about a mile but could not complete the course in light winds under the allotted 40 minutes. Oracle has had challenges, too, ones Spithill was more than happy to point out on Sunday. Its first boat capsized and broke apart in a training mishap last year. More recently, its top wing trimmer was barred from competing and it was docked two points at the start of the Cup due to a cheating penalty during a warm-up race using smaller boats.

Topics to be covered include image, promotion, customer service, communication, finance, negotiation and recruitment. The 2013 Fall RSM training program is a series of two-day events that will be held in Denver CO and other major cities in the US and Canada. The USA ( http://www.appliancerepairassociation.com/ ) has partnered with appliance manufacturers like Whirlpool, Bosch and Electrolux; and local parts distributors in each city to offer this appliance repair training event with technical repair and business management training. The appliance repair training event features hands-on technical training from appliance manufacturers. Also included is a series of business management topics including internet marketing, calculating the hourly cost of running a service call, flat rate pricing and technician productivity through new technology. Each event will include 2 meals, discounted sleeping rooms and parking for those who stay overnight. Each day will feature three 4-hour sessions repeated twice each day to allow every technician the opportunity to attend every session or only the ones pertinent to their job. USA will share proven strategies on improving business and manufacturers will demonstrate current repair techniques associated with their brand. Registration for the RSM events is open to all service companies. Registration also entitles attendees to a first year full membership in United Servicers Association and access to all the benefits of USA. The meeting will be on October 17th and 18th at the Holiday Inn Denver Airport; 6900 Tower Rd; Denver, CO 80249. Visit http://www.unitedservicers.com/ to learn more. About United Servicers Association: The United Servicers Association is a non-profit trade association for servicers by servicers. Their mission and purpose is to develop and provide services and programs intended to assist members in building strong businesses in North Americas competitive environment.