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Getting involved: Spithill approaches Crow Lane (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Whether on land or sea, Oracle Team USA have figured out a way to win.

Yesterday’s Appleby Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby was another example as the defender of the America’s Cup won the club/corporate team relay title in a time of 1hr 35min and 41sec.

Anchoring Oracle to victory was Jimmy Spithill, the team skipper, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It was a lot of fun, but geesh it was hot!” Spithill said. “I was speaking with Ashley Estwanik and she said it was one of the toughest runs she can remember, so that’s saying something if she’s saying that.

“But it was fantastic to see all of the families, the kids and all of the supporters out. We drew out of a hat and I got the last leg, which was perfect because of all the support there. It was really great with all of the people really cheering on the team.”

Spithill, the youngest skipper to win the America’s Cup, competed along with Oracle team-mates Kyle Langford, Sam Newton and Kinley Fowler.

“Our trainer spotted it [relay division] and said, ‘who wants to do it?’ and we were like, definitely,” Spithill said. “We just love getting involved in the local community and so thankful, and it’s just awesome to be a part of it.

“Any activity we see we want to be a part of it. We just want to integrate into the community and really get to know people.”

Oracle were not the only America’s Cup team competing as Artemis Racing, the Swedish challenger, fielded two teams.

Artemis II, comprising of Thomas Powrie, Michaella McCloskey, Hannah Powrie and Ayden Menzies, took third on the podium with a time of 1:46:29.

Finishing second behind Oracle were MAAC Juniors, whose team was made up of Nicholas Pilgrim, Andrew DaSilva, Trent Harris and Alex Southern, who crossed the line in 1:36:10.

Land battle: Artemis entered two teams (photograph by Blaire Simmons)