Oracle Team USA has won the America’s Cup.
The final score was 9-8 – though they won two more races before they got on the scoreboard.
But let’s not go into national mourning.
Emirates Team New Zealand sailed well, with a New Zealand crew, New Zealand boat design, New Zealand technology and New Zealand expertise.
Oracle Team New Zealand sailed better, with an international crew which included New Zealanders, New Zealand boat design, New Zealand expertise.
They also had a New Zealand manager – Russell Coutts – who hasn’t lost an America’s Cup.
They also had more money and the lack of challengers showed that was a significant factor.
This was an amazing spectacle and one of the great sporting comebacks.
But it was only sport.
So let’s keep positive, congratulate the victors, thank Dean Barker and the team for the effort they put in and the entertainment they provided us, get on with our lives and smile – it’s contagious.
It’s Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle Team USA 8.
Oracle has made an amazing come-back.
The pressure on both teams is immense – both need just one more race, both have only one more race.
Kia kaha Team New Zealand – we’re still leaning with you.
It’s now Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle team USA 7.
Even worse – Labour has made a big gain in the latest Herald DigiPoll.
Is there a link, can we blame the former on the latter?
It’s now Emirates team NZ 8 – Oracle team USA 6.
That is far too close for comfort.
We’ve been on match point for days.
The prolonging of the regatta is no doubt good for sponsors and people provisioning competitors and spectators.
But it’s not good for national productivity nor is it good for morale.
This time, please, could we win the race, within the permissible time?
The start of today’s first race in the America’s Cup has been delayed because there’s not enough wind.
There’s doubt over whether there will be a second one.
But we need just one race – just one more win.
It’s Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle Team USA 5.
As the Team NZ Facebook page says: Clear morning, clear heads, clear goal.
Too much wind has stopped America’s Cup races several times but too little wind was the problem at the weekend.
On Saturday Emirate’s Team New Zealand’s win was ruled ineligible because it took too long and yesterday’s races were cancelled because there wasn’t enough wind.
So here we are again – Emirates Team NZ 8 – Oracle 3.
We’re all still leaning and wishing and hoping for not too much, not too little, but enough wind for a good race and a better win for Dean Barker and his team.
Emirates Team NZ 8 – Oracle 3.
We’re leaning, we’re blowing, we’re wishing, we’re hoping. . .
Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle 1, just one more win to go.
I prefer blue, but am prepared to go red for the race:
TVNZ has live streaming here.
My parents met because of Dad’s love of sailing.
He was pulled out of the water after his yacht capsized by a man who became a friend. The friend’s wife was a friend of my mother’s and arranged a blind date for the couple who became my parents.
My brothers followed Dad’s love of sailing. I didn’t as a participant but do take an interest as a spectator and am looking forward to the America’s Cup race series which starts this morning.
For all the fuss off the water and the criticism that it’s not so much sport as competition for lawyers, and the two-race penalty imposed on Oracle which gives Emirates Team New Zealand a head start in the best-of-17 series, the America’s Cup is still a yacht race and it starts today.
Quintin Hogg, guest posts at Keeping Stock on the race and writes:
The cup has for me been an emotional rollercoaster. Despair in 1987. Hope in 1992, Joy in 1995 and 2000. Anger, later on, in 2000. Despair again in 2003 and 2007. And now hope again in 2013.
The most interesting feeling is dread. I don’t know who is faster of the two boats that contest the Americas’ Cup on Sunday. . .
Oracle is said to be fast. I know that Aotearoa is fast. The telemetry data from their races is available online. We will only know on Sunday who is faster.. .
. . . My hope is an evenly contested match with ETNZ beating Oracle on the water and leaving the shenanigans that have been recorded elsewhere behind. And if ETNZ wins then “yahoo” for two or three days and then the hard work begins to build an event.
If ETNZ are not successful well they deserve congratulations. They have been innovative and creative. They have been an advertisement for NZ beyond anything we have previously had including the AB’s.
My heart says ETNZ will win. My head would like to.
Yeah, me too, with all fingers and toes crossed.