In the only one race of the day, Oracle won again on Monday. The start was delayed for 30 minutes and that meant the race committee ran out of time to run a second race.
Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand still leads on the scoreboard 8-6 (the series is tied 8-8 in victories, but the defender was penalized its first two victories by the International Jury).
“We don’t want to trade positions. We would still rather be on match point,” NZL skipper Dan Baker said after the race.
“The plan was to start to leeward of Oracle and they did a nice job of getting us compressed to the leeward end,” said Ray Davies, Emirates Team New Zealand tactician. “They jumped us pretty quickly, it was evident about 15 seconds after the start they were very strong. The outcome wasn’t ideal, but we were happy to have been to leeward of them, just needed it to be a little bit better shape than it ended up being.”
If the Kiwis are counting on that elusive one point, Oracle is relying on a wave of momentum: “We’ve got a huge wave of momentum. The boat’s just going fantastic,” said Spithill, Oracle skipper.
A maximum of three races remains in the series. Races 17 and 18 are slated for tomorrow, scheduled to start at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m. The forecast is for winds at the upper end of the range.