Will Oracle pull a rabbit out of a hat? Will New Zealand continue to be nearly flawless?
Will Tuesday be the last day of racing? Will we go through next weekend? (Get me more Tums!)
All I asked for, was just one little thing. Perfect weather and nail bitingly close competition. (So, OK, that’s two little things... don’t get picky.)
We got them. ... In spades.
Oracle finally (what the hell took so long?) Looks to have gotten its game together. But, is it too late? I mean, a 7-2 deficit is HARD to overcome. Impossible? No. But hard. Really hard.
So let’s pretend. Let’s pretend Tuesday is “Oracle Day” and they win both races. That’s 7-4. Then there’s Thursday. And, let’s pretend the two teams split. 8-5. Then Saturday, and Oracle wins both, again. 8-7. Then Sunday. Could it be Super Sunday on the Water?
It would be one of the greatest come-backs in sailing history.
It is possible. If Oracle has races like the first one on Sunday. A perfect race for them. (Maybe they should renumber the boat to “9”?) Oh, but that second race. Race 10. One tiny mistake. Just one. And - poof.
These boats are absolutely unforgiving. Sailing error’s are Writ Large for the world to see. And Virtual Eye — is a goddess. Because you can zoom in, freeze frame, change perspective, and watch it over and over and over again. (Stan Honey, if I were a woman, I’d have your baby.) Watching the near capsize (again and again) with Virtual Eye is just something else.
So, what’s next? The teams tinker. You know they are looking at everything. I’d bet Sir Ben is getting schooled on down wind gybing tactics, while Jimmy is looking at those stars again - because it wants to keep doing it just. that. way.
And everyone is looking at the un-wind beat on Race 10. Everyone. The Kiwis can not let that happen again. Ever. What a come from behind!
Lead changes. Thrills (but no spills). Blue skies. Great wind. A sailor’s paradise.
(I wonder what the weather is like in New Zealand this time of year? Or are the races in May down there? Hey, I’m just asking...)