America's Cup San Francisco defender ORACLE TEAM USA continues its comeback and wins yet another consecutive, must-win race this perfectly beautiful day on the Bay, taking Race 17 to bring the score to 8 to 7. ORACLE TEAM USA has actually won nine races, the number needed to keep the cup in the USA but had to overcome a penalty at the beginning of negative two.
Race 18 will start. Dean Barker of Emirates Team New Zealand could postpone the race for any reason if he wish but he is going forward.
Daniel Ferrando checked his iPhone and said the last race of the day will go forward and Barker will not exercise his right to postpone for any reason.
It's the morning in New Zealand, a country of four million where everybody sails or knows somebody who has a boat.
ETNZ gets the port start this race which means he has no right of way. That means the wind is coming over the left side of the boat. It's a traffic rule.
ORACLE TEAM USA is showing a mild dent in the hull from ETNZ.
The water is smooth.
For more information: www.AmericasCup.com
Check out youth sailing around the Bay at www.SailSFBay.org, particularly the 75 year old program on Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
The America’s Cup pavillion is along the Embarcadero before Fisherman's Wharf and is an easy walk, pedicab ride, bike ride or Muni ride from the ferry building and Embarcadero BART. The village and grandstands are at Marina Green.
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